Born and raised on the edge of the Mojave Desert, Nick was accustomed to hot dry days, far from the ocean. Everything changed when he attended California State University Monterey Bay, a short 1.5 miles from the beaches of Central California. This is where Nick’s passion for the water developed and completely engulfed his life. He quickly changed his concentration in college to Marine Science, allowing him to further dive into the underwater world.
Nick’s affinity for the water tripled when he discovered SCUBA diving. He even applied diving into his research of the kelp forests of Monterey Bay. During his schooling, Nick became an AAUS Scientific Diver and SCUBA Instructor, allowing him the credentials to become a Dive Safety Officer (DSO) for The Monterey Bay Aquarium. Immediately after graduating with a degree in Marine Science, Nick was offered a full-time job as a DSO at The Florida Aquarium. In Florida, Nick’s need for exploration grew as he discovered new experiences for himself – everything from deep underground caves to beautiful coral reefs. Nick’s passion then led him to pursue a career in Marine Education and Safety. He currently works as a DSO at The Oregon Coast Aquarium and a lead naturalist for Marine Discovery Tours in Newport, Oregon.
Nick’s enthusiasm for the natural world is contagious and he looks to create meaningful ways to connect people to the underwater world, through diving and snorkeling. His greatest goal in life is to inspire stewardship of the Oceans in hopes that one day everyone will want to protect this beautiful blue world as he does.