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 Eric Johnson
Executive Officer/Mate: LCDR Fionna Matheson
Medical Officer: CDR Randy Collins
Operations Officer: LT Aaron Colohan
Enviornmental Compliance Officer: ENS Brianna Pacheco
Safety Officer: ENS Bryan Brasher
Junior Officer: ENS Anna Hallingstad
Third Mate: Kevin Lackey



Chief Engineer: Vincent Palazzolo
1st Assistant Engineer: Ricardo Gabona
2nd Assistant Engineer: Danielle Holt
Engine Utilityman: Pedro Lebron, Jr.
Junior Unlicensed Engineer: Tim Monaghan



Chief Boatswain: Jerrod Hozendorf
Able-Bodied Seaman: Michael Collins
Able-Bodied Seaman: James Scott
Able-Bodied Seaman: Frank Poloniak
Able-Bodied Seaman: Nicole Turpin
General Vessel Assistant: Nicky Applewhite



Senior Survey Technician: Charlie Wilkins



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: Derek Sowers (ERT, Inc.)
Physical Scientist: Michael White (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.)
Public Affairs Officer: Amy Bowman (CollabraLink Technologies, Inc.)



Education Program Manager: Susan Haynes

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