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Derek Smith

I’ve had the good fortune to be a part of archaeological and coastal ecology research and diving operations throughout the world for nearly the past two decades. I’ve worked as the Diving Safety Officer for the University of Southern California, the Caribbean Marine Research Center, the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology, Washington State University Vancouver, The Albanian Center for Marine Research, and the Coordination of Scientific Divers of Croatia. I’m currently the President-Elect of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences and the STEM Director for the San Juan Island School District. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology at UC Santa Cruz, my Masters in Zoology at the University of Hawai’i, and my PhD in Biology at the University of Washington. In my spare time, I like to sail and knit. Sometimes I knit while sailing.