Mike Santos - Vessel Operations and Fire Training Advisor
Mike is one of the newest members of the OceansWide team. Mike Brings to the table over 20 years of expierence as a commercial fisherman. he is well aware of the issues that are currently plaguing our oceans. He shares in the vision of OceansWide, that through commitment and education, this trend can be reversed.
Mike is also an assistant Chief with the Newcastle FireDepartment. As aPro-Board certified Fire Instructor, he feels he can bring his expierence to bear teaching basic fire behavior and safety as it pertains to a shipboard environment.
*While he is no longer with us in body his spirit and influence will live on forever.
Dale Graves - ROV Advisor
Dale has been working in the deep ocean world for over 25 years. He started his career as commercial diver working for International Underwater Contractors (IUC). He worked for IUC for ten years and during that time his career switched from commercial diver to manned submersibles and ROV pilot. After flying commercial submarines for ten years Dale decided to move into the ROV field full time. During this part of his career he spent six years working for Western Instruments and Oceaneering surveying the ocean in the oil and environmental fields. He has spent the past eleven years working for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute as a leader in the institutes ROV program. Dale has trained and supervised the majority of pilots on MBARI’s ROV team “Tiburon” a 4000 meter deep diving ROV. Recently he was promoted to Technical Support Manager in the department of marine operations and is responsible for designing, building and managing the development of a majority of the institute’s critical equipment. Dale is an expert in the all of the systems of ROVs from mechanical to hydraulic, but his specialties lie in the fields of electronics and computer engineering and systems. OceansWide will greatly benefit from the expertise Mr. Graves brings to our program.
Marko Talkovic - ROV Advisor
Currently I have a daydream job as a Chief pilot and technician for the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Doc Ricketts the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). As a youth, my passion for the ocean was fueled by every Jacques Cousteau special that came through the rabbit ears on the television. This inspired me to move as quickly as possible from beneath the shadow of the Matterhorn (in Anaheim, California not Switzerland) to the beaches of southern California. After a few towns and colleges, I received a bachelor’s degree in aquatic biology from UC Santa Barbara. My university schooling, as well as the plethora of research opportunities available there, led me down a most rewarding path. As a research SCUBA diver I worked on projects in California, Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Antarctica. The lattermost sent me off on a seafaring career sailing on ice breakers, schooners and submarine tenders as a marine technician. Through eight years as a homeless boat person, I crossed every major nautical line and circumnavigated Antarctica entirely upon research vessels. Eventually, I cast anchor back onshore at MBARI. When not exploring the oceans with an ROV, I continue to seek remote locations to dive and take undersea photographs. When visibility in the sea is bad, often it’s good enough in the mountains of the western states for a snowboarding excursion.
Dr. Bruce H. Robison – Senior Scientist, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Bruce Robison received a Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1973. He spent two years conducting postdoctoral research at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, before moving to UC Santa Barbara. In 1987 he joined the newly formed Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.
Robison’s research is focused on the biology and ecology of deep sea animals, particularly those that inhabit the oceanic water column. He pioneered the use of undersea vehicles for these studies and he led the first team of scientists trained as research submersible pilots. As pilot or observer, Robison has spent a good portion of his career in deep water, aboard more than a dozen different submersibles. At MBARI, his research team has focused on the development of remotely operated vehicles as research platforms for deep-sea research.
Bruce Robison is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2002 he received the Marine Technology Society’s Lockheed-Martin Award for Ocean Science and Engineering. His research in deep-sea ecology has carried him throughout the Pacific, to the Atlantic, and to the oceanic waters around Antarctica. He is the author of two books and more than eighty scientific publications.
Karl McLetchie - ROV and Mechanical Engineering Advisor
Al Hickey - Marine Education and coordination Advisor