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New Member of Marine Facility Staff on West Coast


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Jamie Grover
Above: Jamie Grover

Jamie Grover reaching over the side of the research vessel Paragon to service a popup acoustic-recorder array
Above: Jamie Grover aboard UCSC's research vessel Paragon on Monterey Bay in 2005, servicing popup acoustic-recorder arrays for a joint project with UCSC's Center for Integrated Marine Technologies (CIMT) program and Cornell University. The acoustic recorders are whale-listening devices used to triangulate movement over large areas.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Western Coastal and Marine Geology Team is pleased to welcome Jamie Grover, who has joined the Marine Facility (Marfac) staff as a mechanical technician and small-boat captain. Jamie has extensive experience with small-boat and diving programs, most recently with the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Study of Coastal Oceans (PISCO) at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), where he was responsible for vessels and dive operations, nearshore oceanographic-instrumentation moorings, annual subtidal biological surveys, and assorted other marine-ecology projects. Jamie has a 100-ton U.S. Coast Guard Master's license and will be responsible for the operations of the USGS research vessel Karluk (currently berthed in Seattle) and the new survey vessel the team is planning to acquire.

a young Jamie Grover dressed as a cowboy in a publicity photo from the early 70's
Above: Publicity photo from the early 1970s, when Jamie was playing Clay Stevens on CBS's "The Secret Storm."
Jamie grew up in "a family of actors" in New York City, where his experiences included acting in a daytime soap opera and assorted TV commercials. His father was an actor in Broadway musicals as well as in movies and TV, and his mother is a writer. Like Jamie, his older brother and sister did stints as child actors. "At one point," he said, "we were all acting in soap operas, and my mom was writing them." He attended high school in California, lived for several years in Key West, Fla., and then returned to the West Coast to attend UCSC, where he earned a bachelor's degree in marine biology.

In addition to his experience in research, Jamie has seen work as a commercial fisherman and diver, charter-boat operator, and salvage operator. He has worked many years in Puget Sound, central California, Prince William Sound, the Florida Keys, and the Baja Pacific coast. We are very fortunate to have someone of his experience on the team. Over the next few weeks, Jamie will be helping with the relocation of Marfac from Redwood City to Santa Cruz, after which he will be stationed in Santa Cruz. When you're in the neighborhood, look for him and say hello.


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