mcleanAlvin Pilot Anthony Tarantino
There have been far fewer Alvin pilots than Space Shuttle pilots. Meet the 35th, and most recent, Alvin pilot—Anthony Tarantino. Read the interview »

mcleanNOAA’s Ocean Exploration Program Director Craig McLean
Craig McLean’s career has taken an interesting pathway. He is a deep-sea diver, a former captain in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fleet, an attorney, and he is now the first director of NOAA’s new Ocean Exploration Program, which is funding this Galápagos Rift expedition. Read the interview »
bradleyPrincipal Engineer Al Bradley
Al Bradley’s official title is Principal Engineer in the Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, but he describes himself as a compulsive toy maker. Read the interview »
ShankCo-Chief Scientist Tim Shank
Tim Shank grew up in Greenville, N.C. He spent summers at his family’s summer house near the Outer Banks, where he fished with his dad and played on the beach with his brothers. As a kid, he said he always used to draw pictures of ships on the ocean with animals on the seafloor. That was just a few years before we discovered that there actually are animals living around hydrothermal vents on the seafloor! Read the interview »
SilvaCaptain George Silva
The captain, or Master, of a ship is responsible for the safety of all the people and smooth running of the ship while we are out at sea. George Silva is 46 years old and is the Captain of RV Atlantis for this expedition. He lives on Cape Cod with his wife Lisa and his four children; Dennis, 20, Michael, 17, Corinne 15, and Mariah, 8. Read the interview »
FiskChief Engineer Kevin Fisk
Kevin Fisk is 36 years old. He worked for WHOI since 1986 and has worked on all of WHOI’s research vessels. He became chief engineer of the RV Atlantis 3 years ago. Kevin lives on Cape Cod. The Chief Engineer on a ship is traditionally referred to as “Chief”, but we will just call him Kevin. Read the interview »
woodSteward Carl Wood
Carl Wood is the steward on RV Atlantis. As the person responsible for organizing the meals and creature comforts on RV Atlantis, he is one of the most important people onboard the ship. Being away from home and working long hours is difficult for ocean-going scientists and doubly difficult for members of the crew who stay out for up to six months at a time. Having good, healthy cooking and enjoying meal hours results in a more productive cruise, because everyone is in good spirits. Carl loves to cook and make people feel good.  Read the interview »