NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is operated by the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps and civilians as part of NOAA's fleet managed by NOAA's Office of Marine and Aviation. Mission equipment is operated by NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.

Operations Personnel


Commanding Officer: CDR Mark Wetzler
Executive Officer/Mate: LCDR James Brinkley
MO: LCDR Randy Collins
Operations Officer:  LTJG Aaron Colohan
Junior Officer: ENS Chris Licitra
Junior Officer: ENS Bryan Brasher
Junior Officer: ENS Bryan Pestone
Third Mate: Kevin Lackey



Chief Engineer: Vincent Palazzolo
1st Assistant Engineer: Ricardo Gabona
3rd Assistant Engineer: Kyle Fredricks
Engine Utilityman: Pedro Lebron, Jr.



Chief Boatswain: Jerrod Hozendorf
Able-Bodied Seaman: Michael Collins
Able-Bodied Seaman: Abraham McDowell
Able-Bodied Seaman: Nicole Turpin
General Vessel Assistant: Nicky Applewhite




Senior Survey Technician: Vacant



Chief Steward: Michael Sapien
Chief Cook: Rainier Capati
2nd Cook: William Johnson


Electronic Technicians

Chief Electronics Technician: Richard Conway
Chief Electronics Technician: David Blessing


Mission Personnel

Operations and Managment

Program Manager: Craig Russell
Expeditions Manager: Kelley Elliott
Operations Coordinator: Brian Kennedy



Physical Scientist: Meme Lobecker (ERT, Inc.)
Physical Scientist: Mashkoor Malik
Physical Scientist: Lindsay McKenna (ERT, Inc.)
Physical Scientist: Derek Sowers (ERT, Inc.)



Underwater Systems Engineer: Dave Lovalvo (Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration)


Data Management

Data Management Leader: Sharon Mesick
Data Manager: Susan Gottfried (General Dynamics Information Technology)
Data Systems Engineer: Brendan Reser (Riverside Technology, Inc.)



Website Manager: Emily Crum (ERT, Inc.)
Web Multimedia/Technical Lead: James Rawsthorne (ERT, Inc.)
Web Developer/Graphic Designer: Matthew King (ERT, Inc.)


Public Affairs

Public Affairs Officer: Katie Wagner (CollabraLink Technologies, Inc.)



Education Program Director: Paula Keener

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