Advisory Board

Don Walsh

Don went to sea with the Navy a half century ago. Enlisting as an Airman in 1948, he retired as a Captain in 1975. After graduation from Annapolis he served in submarines, including command of USS Bashaw in the late 1960s. Don served fifteen years in submarines with many WWII submariners. His naval service included both Korean and Vietnam wars. 

In addition to submarines, Walsh was designated the Navy’s first deep submersible pilot when he had command of the Bathyscaph Trieste from 1958-1962. In 1960 he and Jacques Piccard piloted Trieste to the deepest place in the world ocean…seven miles down in the Marianas Trench. For the past 40 years he has remained active in the design, construction and operation of deep submersibles. Walsh has also worked at the North and South Poles and has made 30 expeditions to the Arctic and 20 to the Antarctic. From November 2002 to February 2003 he made a 70-day circumnavigation of the Antarctic continent on a Russian icebreaker.  

He has a B.S. from the US Naval Academy; M.S. and Ph.D. in oceanography from Texas A&M University; and an M.A. in political science from San Diego State University. After Navy retirement 1975, Dr. Walsh became dean of marine programs and professor of ocean engineering at the University of Southern California. Leaving USC after 10 years he started International Maritime Inc. a consulting practice that he still heads. Walsh served for six years as a Director of The Explorers Club, which elected him as an Honorary Life Member and Honorary President. He is a recipient of the Club’s Lowell Thomas Medal and its highest award, The Explorers Medal. He lives on his ranch in Dora Oregon, population 10

Dr. Sylvia Earle

National Geographic Society Explorer in Residence Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, called Her Deepness by the New Yorker and the New York Times, Living Legend by the Library of Congress, and first Hero for the Planet by Time Magazine, is an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer with experience as a field research scientist, government official, and director for corporate and non-profit organizations including the Kerr McGee Corporation, Dresser Industries, Oryx Energy, the Aspen Institute, the Conservation Fund, American Rivers, Mote Marine Laboratory, Duke University Marine Laboratory, Rutgers Institute for Marine Science, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and Ocean Futures.​  

Formerly Chief Scientist of NOAA, Dr. Earle is the Founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, Inc., Founder of Mission Blue and SEAlliance, Chair of the Advisory Councils of the Harte Research Institute, and the Ocean in Google Earth. She has a B.S. degree from Florida State University, M.S. and PhD. from Duke University, 20 honorary degrees and has authored more than 175 scientific, technical, and popular publications, lectured in more than 70 countries, and appeared in hundreds of radio and television productions.

Kevin McCarthy

Kevin's entire career has been devoted to pursuing ocean related endeavors, first as a professional diver, followed by various senior level management positions at a number of oceanographic manufacturing companies, including Klein Associates and Teledyne Benthos. He holds a B.S. from Northeastern University and an M.B.A. from Suffolk University. In 2000 he joined Hydroid LLC, a startup subsea robotics company that was founded to commercialize the REMUS autonomous underwater vehicle technologies developed at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. In 2008 the company was acquired by Kongsberg Maritime.

Kevin has spent most of his 25-year career working for oceanographic instrumentation companies. Throughout his career he has been involved in business development and the domestic and international marketing of high technology products designed for a range of underwater applications. He has marketed side scan sonars electronic imaging systems, Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV), and most recently AUVs. Kevin has been employed by leaders in the ocean industry, including Klein Associates in Salem, New Hampshire and Benthos in North Falmouth, Massachusetts. Kevin retired from his position of Vice President Marketing in 2010 to devote more time to his passion for wildlife photography