This unprecedented expedition began on May 31, 2009, when the ship, Ocean Watch, departed Seattle Washington for a daring voyage through the Northwest Passage, a goal few ships have achieved but which is now possible due to rapid warming of the Arctic.
On the final leg of their trip on their way back to Seattle, the team visits the California Academy of Sciences to talk about their adventure and about the science they have conducted along the way.
Dr. Reynolds was the first on-board scientist and sailed on Ocean Watch for five of the first eight months. He rejoined for the west coast in April 2010. He designed and built the climate-quality meteorological system and is responsible for all scientific data collection and reporting.
Dr. Reynolds has been involved in geophysical research for over forty years. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, completed an Oceanography graduate fellowship from the University of Washington, Seattle, has an M.Sc. in Atmospheric Sciences from Melbourne University, Australia, and a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington. His specialty is the design and implementation of shipboard instrumentation for the study of air-sea interaction.
Mark Schrader is Captain of the Ocean Watch and Project Director of Around the Americas.
Schrader was a member of the First Team in 1982. He has two single-handed circumnavigations of the world and was the first American to single-handedly circumnavigate the world via the five Southern Capes in 1982-3. He has lived in Washington State for over 35 years and is an avid marine conservationist and wildlife advocate.