The Team

Ship Location

San Pedro, USA

Miles Saunders

Photo of Miles Saunders
Ocean Exploration Trust

Tell us about your work / research. What kinds of things do you do?

I received my B.S. in Geography from The Pennsylvania State University in 2007. After graduating, I worked for Stratamodel, Inc. conducting large-area geophysical surveys in a variety of remote areas around the world. In 2011, I joined Dr. Fisher's Deep-Sea Laboratory at Penn State University, as a Research Technician and Geographic Information Systems Analyst.

What sparked your initial interest in your career?

I have always enjoyed looking at maps, satellite imagery, and field work. After working for Stratamodel Inc., I had to find more remote field work that allowed me to combine these two passions. The Nautilus is a perfect fit for remote field work, Geographic Information Systems, and Mapping.  

Who influenced or encouraged you the most?

My Village! A wonderful group of people that have always encouraged me.

What element of your work / study do you think is the most fascinating?

The ability to connect with millions of people while bobbing in the ocean streaming the ROV feed from thousands of miles away.

What other jobs led you to your current career?

Stratamodel and Dr. Fisher allowed me to finally realize my dream of remote field work and GIS. Stratamodel took me to the Sahara where we conducted ~5000 square kilometer surveys, working out of remote field camps and repairing any equipment that failed. We really had to be prepared and handy to keep on target. Dr. Fisher introduced me to the world of Deep-Sea research, and I haven't been able to get it off my mind. 

What are your degrees and certifications?

Bachelor of Science in Geography - Penn State University 2007; MPS Homeland Security - Geospatial Intelligence - Spring 2018 

What are your hobbies?

Bicycle mechanic, woodworking, camping, canoeing

What advice would you give to someone who wants to have a career like yours?

You can do anything you want! Find what you enjoy and don't stop!

How did you get involved with the Nautilus Exploration Program? How did you get on the ship?

As part of my work with Dr. Fisher, I was able to intern as a Navigator.

"I'm excited to be the Navigator aboard the Nautilus mapping and remote sensing."