|Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Adventures: Voyage to Kure: Biographies|
MATT FERRARO, EXPEDITION TEAM MEMBER, MARINE OPERATIONS
Ferraro conducts location and background research for Voyage to Kure, as well as marine operations, DV camera/lighting operations, and digital and 35 mm still photography to document the expedition. He graduated from California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) in 1999 with a degree in Earth System Sciences and Policy. Ferraro's diving-related skills include rigging, surface supplied diving, decompression chamber operation, small boat handling, topside/underwater cable tending, and underwater lighting.
DR. ELIZABETH FLINT, SUPERVISORY WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST SEABIRD COORDINATOR
Flint is the Supervisory Wildlife Biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Pacific Remote Islands National Wildlife Refuge Complex, and Seabird Coordinator for the Pacific Islands Refuges. Her primary duties include monitoring populations of the 25 species of seabirds nesting at the refuges and planning and implementing the biological monitoring, research, recovery, restoration, and management programs in the Pacific Remote Islands complex.
HOLLY LOHUIS, EXPEDITION TEAM MEMBER AND EDUCATION ASSOCIATE
Lohuis is a marine biologist and naturalist, with expertise in both coral reef and Channel Islands ecology. With a degree in marine biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara, Lohuis has educated thousands of children about the wonders of the marine world and the need to protect them. A member of Jean-Michel Cousteau's team for more than a decade, she also actively trains for triathlons. Lohuis and her husband Derek make their home in Carpinteria, California, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
DR. JIM MARAGOS, U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, REFUGES DIVISION
Maragos is a Coral Reef Biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is one of the few experts on atoll ecology in the world. Maragos completed his PhD in Oceanography at the University of Hawaii. Maragos has served as the head of the environmental office, Pacific Ocean Division for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the chief scientist for the Pacific Region for the Nature Conservancy, and a Senior Fellow at the East West Center in Honolulu.
BLAIR MOTT, CHIEF DIVER
As Ocean Futures' Chief Diver, Mott's expert skills have enabled him to lead and supervise dive teams in over 45 different countries in a vast array of diving conditions. He is responsible for training the expedition team in advanced diving techniques and helps to design, test and maintain a wide variety of critical marine operations equipment. A graduate of Santa Barbara City College's world-renowned marine technology program, Mott has logged over 5000 hours under water, including time spent working on the Keiko Project in Iceland.
TOVE PETTERSON, EXPEDITION TEAM MEMBER, MARINE OPERATIONS
During the Voyage to Kure expedition, Petterson serves as logistics specialist for Ocean Futures Society's Marine Operations group. She is a certified ROV operator with Deep Ocean Engineering and has logged thousands of dives conducting commercial work and search and recovery. She has also served as an art department diver, building film sets under water, filming hulls of ships and inspecting equipment in harbors.
DON SANTEE, EXPEDITION LEADER
Santee has worked side by side with both Jean-Michel Cousteau and Jacques Cousteau for over three decades. Assuming diverse duties as a production manager, he coordinates everything from diving expeditions to film logistics. An underwater photographer for books and magazines, he has also worked on over 18 television documentaries. In addition to acting as the team's medical officer, Santee is also responsible for training the Ocean Futures team on advanced technical dive procedures and working with state-of-the-art closed circuit rebreathers. Santee makes his home in Santa Barbara, California with his wife Hillary and son Edward.