Brian RC Kennedy (he/him/his) is a third year PhD student in the Rotjan lab. Prior to this, Brian spent 8 years with NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research working on board the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. During his time with NOAA he served as NOAA Corps officer and a civilian managing ocean exploration expeditions as well as leading OER’s telepresence efforts. Brian’s research interests are broad, including but not limited to deep sea ecology, ocean exploration and the technology to better access and document the deep ocean, all of which can be showcased in his first, first-authored paper in Frontiers in Marine Science. Brian has been part of the first deep-sea dives in both the Phoenix and Gilbert archipelagos, in collaboration with Rotjan and others.