A native Floridian, Andy David has been a NOAA researcher for 22 years at the Panama City Laboratory working on a wide range of topics including: identification of hatchery-reared red drum after their release into the wild, recruitment dynamics of juvenile snapper along Florida’s west coast, and the efficacy of Marine Protected Areas as a management tool to increase populations of economically valuable reef fish.  Andy was selected by NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program to lead the South Atlantic Deep Coral team to investigate coral habitats and associated species at depths between 400 and 1000m off the southeast coast between Florida and North Carolina. On the R/V Falkor, Andy will be identifying deep-sea fishes during ROV dives and assisting with overall logistical planning.