Director & Expedition Leader: Matt RutherfordRutherford_4

Matt Rutherford is the first person in history to complete a non-stop, single-handed, voyage around North and South America. Rutherford left Annapolis, MD on June 2011 and traversed some of the most dangerous seas on Earth. During the first leg of his trek
, Rutherford broke a record by solo sailing the smallest boat in history through the Northwest Passage. Once through this northern passage, Rutherford sailed around the entire state of Alaska then south through the Pacific Ocean from North to South America to make his left-hand turn at storm-tossed Cape Horn and completing his record breaking journey in 309 days after sailing 27,077 miles at sea. www.solotheamericas.org   Matt’s Movie Here
Once Matt returned from his circumnavigation he immediately started working on starting a non-profit organization that would help scientists better understand the problems facing the oceans. Matt believes that no one person can do everything but everyone can do something. By creating Ocean Research Project,Matt plans to educate people about marine issues and give back to the earths oceans.

Program Director/Field Ops Scientist: Nicole Trenholmselfie3

Since January 2013,  Nicole Trenholm has been able to dedicate her life to explore the state of the ocean and encourage sustainable solutions by co-founding the Ocean Research Project.
Nicole coordinates  both science & education objectives of each project and acts as the Field Operations Scientist out in the field. Her background in hydrograpahic survey and Captain License support her responsibilities as 2nd in command.
Her love for sailing came full force after obtaining a Geology degree at Philadelphia’s LaSalle University in 2008 and after acting as a visiting deckhand and environmental educator to Tall Ship Schooners A. J. Meerwald and Virginia.

Expedition Videographer: Alex Stillsonstillson_headshot (1)

An award-winning photographer, Alex has had a life-long fascination with the art of visual narrative.  A 2014 graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, he studied English and Digital Media, hoping to use his skills to help advance social justice and environmental awareness.  While studying abroad in Australia in 2013, he was part of a team working to create a photographic archive of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art collection in danger of biodeterioration.  He has photographed for the U.S. Navy and St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and has edited and archived assets within the media collections of National Geographic and Ripple Effect Images.  Alex is excited to contribute to Ocean Research Project’s mission of education, exploration, and scientific discovery.