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Daniel Powers

Dan is a Marine Engineering Technician at the Marine Facility (MarFac) at the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center

I have deployed the following equipment and systems: Jumbo Piston Corer, Boxcorer, Smith-MacIntyre, Ponar and VanVeen Grabs, Kasten Corer, Gravity Corers, Seismic Air Guns, G/I Guns, Chirp Echosounders, Boomer, Sparker, and S-Boom Sound Sources, Hydrophone streamers, CTD and Water Sampling Rosettes with Niskin Bottles, Mooring arrays - deploy, recover, and design, Ice coring and hand- and gas-driven coring systems, including Kovacs corers, Rock and Coral Dredges, Benthic Trawls, Otter and Blake Trawls, Mid-water nets, Plankton nets, Bongo nets, IKMT nets, Tucker trawls and MOCNESS Systems.

Professional Experience

  • Working in science support since 2008 and operating boats professionally since 2003

  • Worked for the following institutions, among others: University of Hawai'i, Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS), Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), United States Antarctic Program (USAP), Stanford University, San Francisco Maritime NHP

Education and Certifications

  • USCG Merchant Mariner's License - Master of Vessels not greater than 200 tons, on near coastal waters. Sail endorsement.

  • Merchant Mariner’s Document - AB-Unlimited, Lifeboatman, Sail Endorsed

  • Wilderness First Responder

  • DOI Motorboat Operator Certification Course (MOCC)

  • DOI Motorboat Operator Instructor Certification Course (MOICC)

Science and Products