Title: Associate Director of Research Administration for Aquarius Reef Base
Department(s): Aquarius Reef Base, Institute of Water and Environment, Center for Coastal Oceans Research, School of Environment, Arts and Society
He moved back to North Carolina in 1993 to expand NOAA’s National Undersea Research Center’s unmanned undersea vehicle and advanced diving technology programs. During this time, he also began teaching in UNCW’s Department of Environmental Studies and served as the science coordinator for the Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary in Savannah, GA, for five years.
In January 2010, Tom began focusing his efforts on leading the next-generation Aquarius Reef Base and has overseen the transition of the program to Florida International University. Tom is a certified IANTD Trimix technical diver, NAUI dive instructor, Nitrox divemaster, NOAA saturation diver, and Deep Worker single-person submersible pilot. He has a number of science and popular literature publications, including authoring a chapter on manned submersibles and saturation diving in university-level textbook, Underwater Research.