Ryan Brennan is a graduating senior in Microbiology at University of Washington. As a recreational certified scuba diver, Ryan has long enjoyed the ocean and observing marine life. With his B.S. in Microbiology, Ryan hopes to combine his love for the ocean and interest in microbiology to pursue a career in marine microbiology and study waterborne diseases and parasites that affect marine organisms, marine mammals, and potentially people on the mainland. The VISIONS’14 expedition will be a great introduction to the world of marine research as Ryan’s first at-sea experience in a research vessel and he is very excited to be part of the groundbreaking project installing regional cabled ocean observatory. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys videogames, rugby, and reading Popular Science articles.