Andrew Thaler

Andrew is a deep-sea ecologist and conservation geneticist investigating the impacts of human activity at hydrothermal vent ecosystems around the world. He wants to make oceanographic tools available to anyone interested in exploring and understanding the sea, from the highest alpine lakes to the deepest trenches.

Kersey Sturdivant

Kersey is a marine ecologist who studies the effects of human disturbance on the seafloor, and develops marine technology to enhance human understanding of the ocean. His goal is to increase the capacity of ocean research through innovative technology, and by making ocean observation tools more cost accessible.

Russell Neches

Russell is a microbiologist who studies large-scale migration patterns of microbes, particularly in the built environment. He is using cichlid fish as a model system for investigating how host-microbe associations have evolved over deep time. He is an advocate of Free Software, Open Hardware, Open Access scientific publishing and reproducible research.