Meet the crew:


Photo Credit: Peter Hellberg

Rob Pinkel is a Professor of Oceanography (Emeritus) at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, with an ongoing interest in the cross-scale transfer of energy in the ocean. Obtaining the multi-dimensional measurements needed to understand these transfers is a theme of his research career. Rob has been developing rapidly-profiling instrument systems for oceanographic studies since 1969, with initial work based on the Research Platform FLIP. Early development of Doppler acoustic velocity profiling (Pinkel 1980, 1981) contributed to the development of the commercial ADCP. On a typical month-long FLIP operation, ten thousand 0-800 m CTD profiles might be collected. The Wirewalker (Rainville and Pinkel 2001, Pinkel et al, 2011) was developed to extend this rapid-profiling capability beyond FLIP, making it generally available. Rob was formerly the Associate Director of the Marine Physical Laboratory at Scripps and is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, The American Meteorological Society and The American Geophysical Union.


Photo Credit: Mitya Ku

Mike Goldin  is a Principal Development Engineer at Scripps Institution of Oceanography who has been designing, developing, and deploying highly specialized oceanographic instrumentation systems for SIO for the past 35 years, beginning while still an undergraduate pursuing his degree in applied physics at UCSD. He has been on over 50 at-sea expeditions the world over with Dr. Robert Pinkel’s Ocean Physics Group. He trains and manages a team of highly skilled development engineers and mechanical and electronic technicians. His work includes coded-pulse and phased-array doppler sonar systems, autonomous ocean-wave-powered profiling (Wirewalker) systems, automatic high-speed shipboard CTD systems, graphical real-time data acquisition and control systems, embedded FPGA and micro-controller systems, and underwater electro-mechanical energy harvesters. Mike mentors students from all over the U.S. through SIO’s Marine Physical Laboratory's Summer Internship Program in Engineering for Physical Oceanography, many of whom have gone on to study at the country’s top oceanography and engineering programs.  He and his wife have two children, both recent Harvard graduates; one pursuing his PhD in engineering at Stanford University, and the other a scientific visualization developer, humor writer, and creator of @ProBirdRights. 


Photo Credit: dimnikolov

Drew Lucas is a Research Oceanographer at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, using observations of upper-ocean dynamics to study ocean/atmosphere interactions, oceanic boundary layer processes, biogeochemical transformations, and coastal environmental health. His research relies on the development and utilization of novel sampling capacity, of which the Wirewalker is an example. Drew has a B.A. in biology from Pomona College, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Oceanography from SIO. A Fulbright Fellowship and a NSF International Postdoctoral Fellowship allowed for scientific training abroad, including Wirewalker mooring installations off the west coast of South Africa.  Drew’s first Wirewalker deployment was in 2004 as part of a pilot study that led into his dissertation research--also centered on observations gathered from the platform. Since then, Drew has used the Wirewalkers in settings around the globe, expanding the measurement capacity and application aspects of the profiler. Wirewalker observations continue to form the backbone of his scientific program as a PI in the Multiscale Ocean Dynamics group at SIO, and in a number of ongoing NSF, ONR, and contract-based projects.


Tyler Hughen  is a Oceanographic Engineer where he has worked at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography for the past 17 years.  Tyler has been head of field operations  on countless international expeditions and oversees the design, manufacturing, deployment and field service of a wide array of custom oceanographic equipment.  Tyler has been involved with the Wirewalker since its inception and brings a deep resourcefulness to the table.   On a parallel path, Tyler directs and produces documentaries and commercials for Finback Films, whose recent work won an Audience Choice Award at SXSW and produced national spots for clients such as Patagonia, Ram Trucks and Filson.  Tyler serves as Director of Operations at DMO.