Nick has been a Marine Technician for the R/V Atlantic Explorer since the beginning of 2015. His role at BIOS involves operating, maintaining, and upgrading the ship's IT infrastructure, science equipment, and laboratory spaces. While the ship is out at sea, Nick is also responsible for the safety of the scientists and running some deck operations.
Growing up in suburban Pennsylvania, Nick's only exposure to the ocean was during family vacations and school field trips. While completing his Bachelor's degree in Oceanography at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Nick involved himself in numerous marine science research projects that provided him with more exposure. One of these research projects included a six-week voyage near the Mariana Trench aboard the R/V Thomas G. Thompson where Nick decided that he wanted to become a marine technician.
After graduating from Kutztown in 2013, he spent six months at sea on various UNOLS vessels around the world as a MATE intern. Following his internship, Nick was offered his first job on the R/V Knorr at WHOI. Unfortunately, the Knorr was retired in late 2014. Choosing BIOS was easy for Nick since his mentors and colleagues had spoken so highly of it during his time on the various UNOLS vessels.