Ocean Careers to Inspire Another Generation of Explorers


Ocean Careers to Inspire Another Generation of Explorers, or OceanAGE Careers, invites students to learn about the talented people who explore our ocean planet. From underwater pilots to research scientists, these marine explorers provide students with first-hand knowledge of exciting careers through live interviews, profiles, and mission logs. Below you will find a variety of professions which link you to a profile of an individual in that field today. The profile describes what they are doing now and the steps they took to get to this point. You will also find additional resources below to help you learn more about the exciting career paths available in the field of ocean science.


OceanAGE Career Profiles

  • Assistant Professor. Dr. Randy Keller
    Studies the chemistry of volcanic rocks.
  • Assistant Professor. Dr. Amanda Kelley
    Studies the biological impacts of ocean change.
  • Associate Professor. Dr. Deborah Kelley
    Studies how volcanoes support life in the absence of sunlight.
  • Associate Scientist. Dr. Timothy Shank
    Investigates processes that shape deep-sea marine communities and their diversity.
  • Biologist. Jennifer McClain-Counts
    Uses chemistry to understand food webs in the ocean.
  • Chief Electronics Technician. Richard Conway
    Manages ship's electronics equipment that is non-propulsion or engineering department-related.
  • Commanding Officer. LCDR Holly Jablonski
    Responsible for ship's safety and personnel, management of shipboard operations, and success of ship’s mission.
  • Deep-sea Biologist. Dr. Amy Baco-Taylor
    Studies deep-sea corals and deep-sea whale falls
  • Director of Coral Conservation. Dr. Sandra Brooke
    Focuses on life histories and physiology of deep corals and characterization of deep-reef ecosystems.
  • Director of Education. Liz Baird
    Educates and shares experiences to build excitement for science and nature.
  • Engine Utilityman. Margret Collins
    Conducts ship maintenance, repair, and operations.
  • Engineering Scientist. Dr. Charles Loeffler
    Conducts underwater sonar design and development.
  • Fish Ecologist. Dr. Peter Auster
    Works to better understand how habitat influences the distribution and abundance of fishes.
  • Geophysicist. Dr. Bob Embley
    Works with seafloor maps and images to analyze the processes that create undersea features such as submarine volcanoes.
  • Marine Ecologist. Peter Etnoyer
    Collect and identifies deep-sea corals in North American waters to secure protection of those resources.
  • Marine Geoarchaeologist. Dr. Beverly Goodman
    Reconstructs past environments to determine whether they were impacted by disasters such as tsunamis and hurricanes.
  • Marine Mammal Biologist. Dr. Kristin Laidre
    Studies the ecology of marine mammals, specifically the interactions between whales, seals, and sea otters and their environments.
  • Marine Scientist. Dr. Shawn Arellano
    Studies the larvae of marine invertebrates with an emphasis on larval behaviors and larval biology of organisms from deep-sea cold seeps and hydrothermal vents.
  • Marine Scientist/Educator. Catalina Martinez
    Manages ocean exploration projects and expeditions and conducts related outreach.
  • Marine Taxonomist. Dr. John K. Reed
    Studies deep-sea organisms to discover and develop drugs that can be used to treat human diseases.
  • Maritime Archaeologist. Chuck Meide
    Serves as the Director of the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program.
  • Microbiologist. Dr. Roy Cullimore
    Stuides biological challenges of sunken ships created through the activities of rusticles and other microbial events like corrosion.
  • Natural Products Biologist. Dr. Shirley A. Pomponi
    Studies marine plants and animals that produce chemicals that can be developed into drugs to treat human diseases.
  • NOAA Corps Officer. Brian Kennedy
    Facilitates research and gets to experience all sorts of ocean science discoveries.
  • Oceanographer. Dr. Robert Ballard
    Extending our reach and understanding of the underwater world through education and innovative technologies.
  • Physical Scientist. John McDonough
    Provides data and information required for ecosystem management through the exploration of marine and coastal areas.
  • Principal Research Scientist. Dr. Charles Mazel
    Pioneering the study of flourescence as well as the specialized equipment needed to do so.
  • Research Microbiologist. Dr. Christina Kellogg
    Studies the microbes found on corals.
  • Research Professor. Dr. Steve Ross
    Conducts deep-sea coral studies.
  • Senior Scientist. Dr. Edith A. Widder
    Studies bioluminescence – how and why there are so many creatures in the ocean that make light.
  • Submersible Pilot. Hugo Marrero
    Serves as a pilot and technician for a sub.
  • Underwater Filmmaker. Jill Heinerth
    Explores the mysteries of the ocean and uses film to give the rest of us a glimpse into the previously unknown.