Andra Bobbitt has participated in numerous research expeditions over the past 30+. Her work has involved processing acoustic navigation for camera systems/submarines/ROVs, collection and synthesis of multibeam bathymetry data, establishing an oceanographic geographic information system (GIS) for the NOAA EOI (formerly Vents) Program as well as serving as their Webmaster.  She graduated in 1984 from the University of California at San Diego (Revelle College) with a BA in Biology, where she then began working at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. In 1991, she moved to Oregon to work for the NOAA PMEL as part of the Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies at Oregon State University.