Andrew David Thaler, PhD, Editor-in-Chief

Andrew David Thaler is a deep-sea ecologist and population geneticist who studies the consequences of human impacts on the biodiversity and connectivity of deep-sea hydrothermal vents. His work includes integrating low-cost, open-source technology into research and conservation programs and empowering a community of citizen oceanographers through Oceanography for Everyone.

You can follow Andrew on Twitter @DrAndrewThaler.

Amy Freitag, PhD, Senior Correspondent

Amy Freitag is a social scientist who studies people’s connection and commitment to the oceans and the many ways they gain and share knowledge and understanding about our watery world. She is committed to applied research, and making sure that research is used to make sure future generations have a world they can be proud of, simultaneously sustaining nature and culture.

You can follow him on Twitter @bgrassbluecrab

David Shiffman, PhD, Senior Correspondent

David Shiffman is a shark conservation biologist.

You can follow him on Twitter @WhySharksMatterFacebook and Instagram.

Kersey Sturdivant, PhD, Senior Correspondent

Kersey Sturdivant is a marine scientist who specializes in human disturbance of the benthic environment (i.e., the seafloor), with a special focus on marine ‘dead zones’. He is a faculty member at Duke University, and helped establish an environmental consulting company, INSPIRE Environmental, which focuses on environmental impact assessments of the sealoor. As the co-creator of Wormcam and OpenCTD, Kersey is also interested in using marine technology to increase human awareness, knowledge, and understanding of the marine environment. He also just published an empirical book about Getting into Graduate School in the Sciences.

You can follow Kersey on Twitter @Wormcam.

Chris Parsons PhD, Senior Correspondent

Dr. Chris Parsons has been involved in whale and dolphin research for over two decades and has been involved in research projects in every continent except Antarctica. Dr. Parsons is an Associate Professor at George Mason University as well as the undergraduate coordinator for their environmental science program.

You can find Chris on twitter @CrakenMacCraic.

Chuck Bangley, PhD, Correspondent

Chuck is a former Rhode Islander attending grad school in North Carolina. Chuck combines his dual interests in sharks and seafood by researching the interactions between marine apex predators and fisheries, with a focus on U.S. fisheries management. He’s also endlessly amused by fish eating other fish.

You can follow Chuck on Twitter @SpinyDag.

Michelle Jewell, Correspondent

Michelle is a zoologist, science blogger, and three-time karaoke champion. When not writing about new predator or climate related research, Michelle calls upon her high-school ska band skills to sing about science on her YouTube channel.

You can follow Michelle on Twitter @ExpatScientist and watch her videos at Science That’s Cool.

Solomon R. David, PhD, Correspondent

Solomon David an aquatic ecologist who studies freshwater fish biodiversity and conservation. His current research focuses on ecology and conservation of Great Lakes migratory fishes, “Ancient Sport Fish” (e.g. gars and bowfins), and peripheral populations of species. An avid fan of “primitive fishes” and advocate for native species conservation, Solomon strives to effectively communicate science to both the research community and general public to raise awareness of the value of aquatic ecosystems and freshwater biodiversity.

You can follow Solomon on Twitter @SolomonRDavid and @PrimitiveFishes.

Sarah Keartes, Correspondent

Sarah Keartes is a science blogger studying marine biology and journalism at the University of Oregon. A self-proclaimed Attenborough wannabe, and all-around shark junkie, she is dedicated to exploring new tools to promote ocean outreach through science communication, and online community building.

You can find Sarah on Twitter @sarahkeartes or follow her on Facebook.

Emeritus Writers

Lyndell M. Bade, Correspondent

Lyndell is a marine ecologist and educator based in Maine, where she is a laboratory instructor at Bates College. Her masters work focused on using genetic techniques to investigate the feeding ecology of cownose rays in North Carolina.

You can find Lyndell on Twitter @lyndellmbade.

Iris Kemp, Correspondent

Iris is a research ecologist at the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project. She is interested in determining the causes of variable growth and survival of Puget Sound salmon.

You can find Iris on Twitter @iriskemp.

Michael Bok, PhD, Correspondent

Michael Bok works on the visual ecology of the mantis shrimp., He is attempting to unravel the molecular and optical components in the eye that allow mantis shrimp to see five different colors of UV light, as well as the polarization angle of UV light waves.

You can follow Michael on Twitter @mikebok.