Hi! I'm Mike.
I'm an engineer, photographer, diver, and professional mariner.
In 2014 I quit my desk job in the aerospace industry, sold nearly everything, and fell in love with exploration and the ocean. My travels have taken me to 55 countries and 7 continents. I've sailed across the Atlantic Ocean twice, gone SCUBA diving with an astronaut in the Caribbean, camped with Bedouins in the wadis of Jordan, rappelled waterfalls in Vietnam, hiked an actively erupting volcano on the Pacific island of Vanuatu, and captained an 81 foot sailing research vessel while studying whale populations in Mexico. Oh, and built an artificial reef as a volunteer conservation SCUBA diver in Thailand.
I currently work as a marine engineer and photo instructor aboard a National Geographic expedition vessel that operates between Alaska and Baja, Mexico and am an avid bird and wildlife photographer.
Some details on my qualifications — I’m a USCG certified captain (100T Master NC with sailing and towing endorsements) and engineer (DDE Unlimited HP), a PADI certified SCUBA Divemaster, an STCW certified sailor with 60,000+ NM of sailing experience and 1200+ days at sea, trained in jungle survival techniques by members of the Peruvian Special Forces in the Amazon jungle, and am experienced in anti-poaching fieldwork for rhino and elephant conservation in South Africa.