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The Team

Mark DeRoche

Deck Chief
Institute for Exploration

Mark is in charge of safety on the back deck, responsible for the safe launch and recovery of all over the side equipment. He is also responsible for maintenance of the deck equipment used in operations. Mark has been working with IFE for 12 years. He has been going to sea for 27 years and has worked on a variety of ships mostly oceanographic.  Mark graduated from Washington County Community College in 1981 with a degree in Boat Building. He went to Bangor Community Collage for two years 1981-1983. Then Southern Maine Comunity Collage for Marine Science, graduating in 1985 with a degree in Marine Science and a 3rd Mates Licence.

Mark has very happily worked as chief of deck operations for Dr. Ballard since 2000. Prior to that, he worked at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for 12 years in a variety of seagoing capacities, from Messman to 2nd Mate on WHOI's research vessel Atlantis II.  When not on the E/V Nautilus, Mark makes his home in Maine.

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