Team

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.
Director & Expedition Leader: Matt Rutherford

Director & Expedition Leader: Matt Rutherford

Science & Education: Nicole Trenholm

Science & Education: Nicole Trenholm

Since 2013, Nicole has had the opportunity to develop ORP's science and education programs. She is ORP's marine scientist . Her background in supporting the nation's hydrographic products with NOAA allowed Nicole to familiarize herself with shipboard and autonomous survey systems. She holds  USCG Master Near Coastal License giving her a broader level of awareness in marine research operation.
After directing science at sea over 20,000 miles Nicole strives to continue to develop ORP to become a leading alternative for ocean data collection and to offer critical information key in future ocean sustainability. 
Since 2014, Nicole has engaged 1000+ K-12 STEM students and loves to bring art into science. 
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 deterioration. 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 Geograpahic and Ripple Effect Images. Alex is excited to contribute to ORP's mission.
Expedition Videographer: Alexander Stillson

Expedition Videographer: Alexander Stillson

Mate: Dániel Péter Dalicsek

Mate: Dániel Péter Dalicsek

Dana is a maritime archaeologist from Hungary, currently living in Denmark. He has attended a German school in Budapest, spent a year abroad in Switzerland and graduated from Trinity College Dublin.
He has been sailing since childhood and recently took up sailing Viking ships and tall ships. As a maritime archaeologist and a sailor, Dana has a great interest in the history of Arctic exploration.
He has worked as an archaeologist on projects in Germany, Denmark and Sweden. He is also a keen recreational and commercial diver, who prefers the cold water. Dana has sailed dinghies and keelboats on the lakes of Hungary, match raced around Ireland, sailed Hobie Cats in Germany, Viking ships around Denmark and the tall ships Sørlandet and most recently RNOV Shabab Oman 2 in the Arabian Gulf.