I had the pleasure of sitting down with Markus Naugle, SeaDoc's new Regional Director, during his recent trip to the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center at UC Davis. We had a great conversation about his move to Orcas Island after 10 years of running an educational immersion program in Guatemala, as well as his new role at SeaDoc Society at a time when the organization is aiming to double its scientific impact in the Salish Sea. You can hear our conversation below!
By Bob Friel
SeaDoc’s mad scientists have been hard at work in the laboratory for nearly a year trying to animate someone to fill the new position of Regional Director by cobbling together cloned bits of biologists, entrepreneurs, non-profit experts, and ocean lovers. Joe “Dr. Moreau” Gaydos was just about to throw the big switch when in walked Markus Naugle with a resume that blew us away, putting an end to the experiments.
After earning his biology degree at MIT, Markus served for nearly a decade as a biotech management consultant, business analyst, and product manager for large international health care firms. He then co-founded, Magic Carpet Rides, a successful non-profit program in Guatemala dedicated to cultural immersion, service learning, and natural exploration.
Fitting with SeaDoc’s focus on fieldwork as well as lab and data studies, Markus is also an active outdoorsman, experienced world traveler, and ocean advocate. He was a scuba instructor on the Great Barrier Reef, helped restore a rainforest in New Zealand, and saved sea turtles in Costa Rica.
Topping it all off, Markus even has history in SeaDoc’s home waters. When he starts at our Orcas Island office in late November, it will be a homecoming to a place where he’s previously lived, dived, and been a valued member of the local community.
“It’s a thrill for my family and me to come home and join the SeaDoc team,” says Markus. “I am eager to use my skills and experience to help SeaDoc achieve its vital mission of healing our Salish Sea through science.”
Please join us in welcoming Markus to the SeaDoc team as we begin a new era for SeaDoc in which, thanks to your continued support, we’ll be able to greatly expand our important work.