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Where are they now?

Where are they now?

This page is dedicated to the graduates of UMaine’s academic scientific diving course.  We want to know where your career has taken you!  To have your information posted here, please send a short biography and a photo to Chris Rigaud at

Class of 2008

Sarah Jasper–  since graduating from The University of Maine, Sarah  moved to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and pursued her Masters Degree in Marine Biology at Nova Southeastern University.  Sarah focused her thesis on the dietary habits of invasive lion fish.  Sarah became a scuba instructor in 2010 and has been teaching divers in Key West and Ft. Lauderdale for the past 4 years.  Sarah is currently applying for her USCG captains license and continues to pursue marine-related research and educational work in sunny Florida.


Class of 2010  

Sebastian Velez–  since graduation, Sebastian has participated in a variety of different endeavors, all focusing on marine resource management and research.  He worked as a biological technician for Dr. Rhian Waller on a research cruise to the Drake Passage and as an intern for Dr. Richard Wahle.  He spent a number of years in Alaska working as a fisheries observer in the Bering Sea and as a Protected Species Observer in the Gulf of Mexico.  Sebastian recently began working on his M.S in Biology at Florida Atlantic University focusing on fisheries ecology and biology.


Class of 2012

Joshua Manning–  after graduating from UMaine in 2013,  I  worked as a summer camp science educator in the Puget Sound, and performed  aquaculture research at the UMaine CCAR facility in Franklin, Maine.   Presently, I am working towards a Master’s degree at California State University Northridge, researching the effects of ocean acidification on different species of crustose coralline algae in Moorea, French Polynesia. A large portion of my research involves diving on the coral reefs, performing surveys and collecting samples for our research.  I plan to continue researching coral reefs and pursue a PhD.

Class of 2013 
Brittney Fleenor
– since graduating UMaine in 2014, I moved out to Oregon to be closer to family. While here I discovered an amazing opportunity with the Oregon Coast Aquarium as a volunteer diver where I have logged over 100 hours under water providing exhibit maintenance, animal feedings, health checks, as well as giving presentations using a full face mask. I enrolled in the Aquarium Science certificate program at Oregon Coast Community College and have received hands-on aquatic animal husbandry training and experience.  I have accepted an internship with the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center in Virginia Beach for summer 2016. After that I plan on getting a job at an aquarium to continue my animal husbandry and diving passions.




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Contact Information

Scientific Diving
193 Clarks Cove Road
Walpole, ME 04573
Phone: 207-563-8273E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469