Our Team of

Expedition Leaders

Claire Hudson
Executive Director (Co-Founder)

I am originally from the UK (Guernsey) but graduated from Victoria University, New Zealand with a degree in Marine Biology in 2003. Then in 2005 my husband and I moved to the US where I studied for my Master's degree in Environmental Biology at Hood College in Frederick, MD. I now work full time at Hood College in the Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies as the Coastal Studies Coordinator.


From a very young age I became passionate about conserving our fragile marine environments. Upon completion of my Master's (2007) I begun teaching at Hood College where I have been lucky enough to travel to the Bahamas co-teaching a course in tropical marine ecology. My good friend Drew and I, decided to form a non-profit and share the magic of marine environments with others. 

My husband and I have two young boys who find everything in this world fasinating. I plan to keep it that way :)


Drew Ferrier
Director (Co-Founder)

Drew, a professor of Biology at Hood College in Frederick, MD, has over 25 years of experience teaching biology and ecology in classrooms, laboratories, and a variety of field locations along the Eastern Seaboard from the Chesapeake Bay to South Florida and the Caribbean. After graduating from Washington and Jefferson College, he obtained a masters degree at Miami University. His career began as a faculty member of a small college in western Maryland, followed by years of teaching and leading field excursions to field stations in the Caribbean. This provided a practical introduction to marine science which he formalized by completing a PhD degree at the University of Maryland in Marine, Estuarine, and Environmental Science. Since that time Dr. Ferrier has been a faculty member at Hood College where he also serves as the Director of the Graduate Program in Environmental Biology. Drew continues to combine his interests in marine science, research, and teaching by introducing students of all ages to ocean environments.

John Morrissey
Expedition Leader

John Morrissey earned his Ph.D. in Marine Biology and Fisheries in 1991 from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.  After 16 years as a member of the Biology Department at Hofstra University he moved to Sweet Briar College for the fall of 2007.  His research interests concern the natural history of sharks, skates, rays, and other elasmobranch fishes.  He is co-author (along with Jim Sumich) of Introduction to the Biology of Marine Life and he is on the Board of Directors of the American Elasmobranch Society, the world's largest scientific society of professional ichthyologists who specialize in the biology of chondrichthyans.