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As a kid I spent hours upon hours on the boat.. where my Dad would drive me crazy by pointing to the water and saying  "can you see that?.. nope can't see it, have to imagine it".. which led me to a career/love learning how to see what we couldn't see.. in 2000 I resigned my tenured faculty spot with Bryant College to move to the Eastern Shore of Virginia. I "reconstituted" myself with the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore and then migrated (thankfully) to NOAA's Chesapeake Bay Office. While with NOAA's Chesapeake Bay office I set up and ran boats mapping the Bay bottom, learned what makes oysters happy, and made my dent at "Saving the Bay". In 2007 the position at NCBO became" full on" education. I brought in the "Aquabotz" Program I created back in '04 and then developed low cost observation buoys (Basic Observation Buoys) and "Build-a-Buoy". Before I left NCBO I was working on dynamic, online worksheets that populate with data fresh from the observation systems. In May of 2010 I became a program manager for NOAA's Integrated Ocean Observing System managing a portfolio of coastal  oceanographic models that forecast or map coastal inundation and hypoxia. That stint cured me of wanting to work live in an urban area. I've been back in the cabin in Preston, kayaking distance from the Choptank River, and in sight of the lights of the Dover Bridge.   I joined the Center for Environment & Society at Washington College in Chestertown, Md as their Deputy Director in July of 2011 and was their first Chief Innovation Officer where I founded the Watershed Innovation Lab.  Now, it's 2023 and I've left the college to do my own thing - build buoys, map the seafloor, travel around, and rebuild my 1961 Mack B67T - my present WTF project. 


On the home front, Sheila and I are homesteading in the cabin in Preston, MD.  Our house includes Miracle Max, a splendid Golden who I got from Craigs List and TFC - The "F'N" Cat rescued from the Humane Society after CC passed. My daughter Leslie is a Nurse Practitioner married to .  Andy is now inspecting cars for the State of Delaware. He married Amy in March of 2014 and is proud of his daughter Emily and son Zack. Eric, Elliot, and Earl are all doing remarkably well.. I now have 7 grandsons and 2 grand daughters .  

Me and the G'kids in Charleston, SC

My Hall of Fame: Harry Maxfield, Jerry Montvilo, Dag Nummedal, Kevin Morris, Darren Moss, Bill Charboneau, Mark (Harvey) Avakian, Rose Petrecca, Peter Glanz, Paul Igo, Dave Small, Bill Brew, , Roland Guidry, Jemima Clark, Don Hunt, David Bell, Charlie Menzie, Susan Haynes, Jerry Cura, Kevin Hayden, John Fish, Duncan FitzGerald, Art Trembains, Dennis Hubbard, Rob Reynolds, Rick Younger, Ron Raymond, Lundie Spence, John Gann, Gary Shaffer, Willie, Gusto, Fezzik (Golden Retrievers), Liza Goetz, Roger Zaunere, Earl Smalley III, Tom Handwerker, Geoff Bland, Ted Miles, Eoin Howlett, Rich Signel, Bill Krabill, Brian Sturgis, Dwight Coleman, Paula Jasinski,  Elliot Smalley, Bill Gilmore, Derek Coen, Charlie Frentz, Bob Disario, Scott Dinnel, Tami Lunsford, Brendyn Meissinger, Lowell Bahner, Charly Alexander, Peggy Ford, Nanci Weinberger, John Seidel, Susan Baron, Elliot Smalley, Sam Walker, Paul Newman, John Ford, John Valiant, Petor Cahoon, Vince Capone, and more... (Italicized have "moved on")