Tom has a Master of Science degree in Fisheries Science from OSU, where he used acoustic telemetry to study the movement behavior of rockfishes at the nearby Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve. He also worked as a commercial diver in Oregon's red sea urchin fishery aboard the F/V Mach I. Tom is the head of the Oregon Kelp Alliance, a diverse alliance of members and partners working to promote the health of Oregon’s kelp forests. In his free time, he enjoys kayaking, fishing, surfing, and diving the waters around Port Orford.
Tate recently graduated from OSU with a B.S. in Marine Studies. After completing an internship in Port Orford during the summer of 2022 he decided to stay and work at the station. He currently works as a research technician for an Oregon Sea Grant urchin/dulse co-culture project in addition to his assistant duties. Tate is interested in kelp forest ecology and enjoys doing research in the field. Outside of work Tate is an avid surfer and free diver who likes getting in the water as often as he can.