Mark is Schmidt Marine's Program Director, applying skills developed as both a scientist and writer to the identification and evaluation of promising marine technologies. He began his career studying deep-ocean carbon cycling at The College of William and Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science, after receiving a B.S. in biology from Wake Forest University, and an M.S. in chemical oceanography from Florida State University. In 1999, after completing the Science Communications program at UC Santa Cruz, he converted to ocean-focused journalism and communications. Mark’s articles and photos, have appeared in Nature, Scientific American, Popular Science, The New York Times, and numerous other publications. Through his company, Open Water Media, Inc., he consulted for clients such as the Scripps Research Institute, Sea Grant, The Living Oceans Foundation, the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, and Yale University. Wearing various hats, he has worked on over a dozen research vessels on expeditions around the world and is a fellow of the Explorers Club..