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LTJG Nicolas DeProspero

Robert Schwemmer

Vessel Operations Coordinator / NOAA Corps Officer

Starting in December, 2019, Lieutenant (junior grade) Nicolas DeProspero was assigned as Vessel Operations Coordinator (VOC) at Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Prior to this, DeProspero filled the roles of Navigation Officer, Medical Person in Charge, Small Boats Officer, Environmental Compliance Officer, Mess Finance Officer, Fall Protection Officer, Ship Store Officer, and acting OPS aboard NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. He completed over 50 transits in and out of various ports and acted as conning officer 21 times, Deck Officer five times, and as Navigation Officer for over 35 transits. DeProspero was qualified as an Officer of the Deck on Nancy Foster and has sailed 226 days at sea aboard the Foster. Additionally, he is qualified on NOAA's Nancy Foster as an outboard small boat coatswain, jet propulsion coatswain, dive compressor operator, crane operator, NOAA diver, and competent fall protection climber. In his collaterals, LTJG DeProspero managed over $26,000 in medical supplies, over $500,000 in small boats, and over $100,000 in navigational equipment. He was also responsible for helping budget for all navigational licenses, equipment upgrades, and yearly subscriptions. Furthermore, LTJG DeProspero served as Acting-Operations Officer for four months and coordinated PORT OPS for cruises. During this time, he planned, scheduled and completed logistical operations for three project cruises. This included project instructions, port logistics, liaison between scientists and ship, POs for any operational purchases, and also off and on-loading of gear. Lieutenant (junior grade) DeProspero graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 2013 magna cum laude with a B.S. in Biology. During his time at Hampden-Sydney, DeProspero interned as a marine educator at Roanoke Island Aquarium in Manteo, North Carolina in the summer of 2011 where he participated in the aquarium's shark tank dives with the general public. Following graduation, DeProspero traveled to Germany to play soccer before moving to Savannah, GA where he became an intern for University of Georgia Marine Extension Office and Aquarium. He served as an educator and aquarium curator. After his internship, he worked for three years as a physical and environmental science and ecology teacher in Savannah, Georgia. While DeProspero worked as a teacher, he also volunteered in marine operations at Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary, Skidaway Island Institute of Oceanography, and the University of Georgia's Marine Extension. He also acquired his Merchant Mariner Document during his time as a volunteer aboard these institutions' vessels and also crab and shrimp boats out of Savannah, GA. He holds is 100-ton Master's License near-shore and AB-special ticket.

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Phone: 805-893-6426

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