Mission 31 – Northeastern Team Leaders


Aquanauts


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Liz’s Blog
Liz Magee is program coordinator of the Three Seas Program FB-f-Logo__blue_50in addition to serving as the Diving Safety Officer for Northeastern University. She has been a research diver for 10 years, beginning as an undergraduate student in the Three Seas Program at Northeastern University, and now has logged more than Twitter 50x50one thousand research dives. Magee’s diving career includes time spent working for UC Santa Barbara’s San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station’s (SONGS) Mitigation and Monitoring Program studying the success of the an artificial reef implemented in the waters off of the coast of Southern California. Instagram 50x50Prior to joining Northeastern University, Magee has fed and cared for sharks, rays and turtles as a Giant Ocean Tank diver and Aquarist at the New England Aquarium. While in college she spent her summers teaching SCUBA diving to teens in the temperate kelp forests of Catalina Island, off the coast of Southern California. Magee is an active AAUS YouTube 50x50 logoScientific Diving and NAUI Scuba Instructor. She enjoys teaching Scientific Diving to the next generation of researchers at Northeastern University’s Marine Science Station and is passionate about helping young divers enter the field as blossoming professionals.

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Grace Young
Grace’s Blog
Grace Young is an MIT graduate in Mechanical & Ocean Engineering. She’s dedicated to developing technology to explore and manage sustainably of the oceans’ resources while conserving its fragile ecosystems. Young is recipient of numerous academic awards, including the Wallace Prize as MIT’s top ocean engineering undergraduate and Keil Award for excellence in ocean engineering research. She begins doctoral studies in the fall of 2014 in offshore geotechnical engineering and marine robotics at Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar. In addition to developing software for CERN and MIT, her work experience includes helping to design, build and test submersible and aerial robots for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and NOAA as a Hollings Scholar. Some of the robots she has helped develop have deployed in the Arctic, Antarctic, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, creating 3D maps of ice shelves to better measure climate change, monitor marine protected areas and survey endangered species. An avid sailor and scuba diver, Young is a four-year letterman on MIT’s sailing team. She is also active involved in the arts community, most recently helping to construct the large-scale “Coral Pavilion” sculpture commissioned by the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary in Vienna.


Science Advisors

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Brian Helmuth
A veteran of 2 previous Aquarius saturation missions, Dr. Brian Helmuth has more than 25 years researching and exploring the world’s oceans. Like countless others he was captivated by the Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau, and his decision to become a marine biologist was sealed when he began diving at age 15 in upstate New York. Helmuth has conducted research on every continent, and maintains active collaborations with scientists in more than a dozen countries. His research and teaching focus on predicting the likely ecological impacts of climate change on coastal ecosystems, and on the development of tools to help society to prepare for, and potentially prevent, some of the impacts that global climate change is having on coastal ecosystems. Helmuth is a Professor at the Marine Science Center of Northeastern University in Nahant, Massachusetts, with a joint appointment in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, and an adjunct position at the State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science at Xiamen University in China. A native of Elmira, NY, Helmuth now lives in Marblehead, MA with his wife, Patrice and daughters Morgan (12) and Molly (4). He is a Fellow National of the Explorers Club, and Mission 31 has been honored as a flag expedition by that organization. http://www.northeastern.edu/helmuthlab/.

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Mark Patterson
As a crew member of Mission Aquarius, Mark brings his lifelong love of the ocean, coupled with deep knowledge and experience to the team. He’s been doing research from underwater habitats since 1984, and has logged 79 days saturation diving.
Mark has worked extensively on free swimming robots that can survey the ocean like never before, with the idea that new technology can lead to new insights, and whole new areas of research. His work has led to breakthroughs in, among other things, identifying fishes from their side scan sonar images using neural network processing. Mark’s robots use behaviors and structures of ocean organisms as models to function better.
He has won the Antarctic Service Medal from the National Science Foundation, and the Lockheed Martin Award for Excellence in Ocean Science and Engineering, among other awards.


Surface Team


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The Surface Team from Northeastern University is composed of members of the Helmuth Lab and the Patterson lab. There are topside support members, researchers, and technicians.

Click here to meet the members of the Surface Team