Derek Sowers has been working as an Expedition Coordinator for NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) for the past seven years leading ocean mapping cruises on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of New Hampshire (1995), an M.S. in Marine Resource Management from Oregon State University (2000), and a PhD in Oceanography from the University of New Hampshire. Derek has 14 years of previous coastal research and management experience working for NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve network and EPA’s National Estuary Program in both Oregon and New Hampshire. Derek has participated in oceanographic expeditions spanning remote areas of the Arctic, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans.