Emily Hazelwood   Co-Founder   Emily is a marine conservation biologist, oil and gas consultant and explorer. She has a B.A. in Environmental Science from Connecticut College and an M.A.S degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Emily was recognized on Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the energy sector for her work with Blue Latitudes to develop sustainable, creative, and cost-effective solutions for the environmental issues that surround the offshore energy industry.  Emily has extensive experience conducting both international and domestic environmental impact assessments for governmental agencies and private sector clients, and specializes in developing sustainable environmental strategies for offshore energy development and decommissioning.  Mrs. Hazelwood previously worked as a field technician on the BP 252 Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This is where she witnessed first hand the destruction and devastation wrought by an oil spill. However, it is also where she learned of a unique silver lining despite the realities of offshore oil and gas development, the Rigs to Reefs program. She is a PADI certified Dive Master and an AAUS Scientific Diver.

Emily Hazelwood

Co-Founder

Emily is a marine conservation biologist, oil and gas consultant and explorer. She has a B.A. in Environmental Science from Connecticut College and an M.A.S degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Emily was recognized on Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the energy sector for her work with Blue Latitudes to develop sustainable, creative, and cost-effective solutions for the environmental issues that surround the offshore energy industry.

Emily has extensive experience conducting both international and domestic environmental impact assessments for governmental agencies and private sector clients, and specializes in developing sustainable environmental strategies for offshore energy development and decommissioning.

Mrs. Hazelwood previously worked as a field technician on the BP 252 Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This is where she witnessed first hand the destruction and devastation wrought by an oil spill. However, it is also where she learned of a unique silver lining despite the realities of offshore oil and gas development, the Rigs to Reefs program. She is a PADI certified Dive Master and an AAUS Scientific Diver.

Amber Sparks   Co-Founder   Amber is an oceanographer, environmental scientist and entrepreneur. She has a B.A. in Marine Science from UC Berkeley and a M.A.S in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. In 2018, Amber was recognized on Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the energy sector for her work with Blue Latitudes to develop sustainable, creative, and cost-effective solutions for the environmental issues that surround the offshore energy industry.  Amber also has a strong background in technology. A former Ocean Curator at Google, she engineered and launched intelligent layers in Google Earth and Google Maps that distill and relate complex concepts in ocean science for a variety of audiences. Today she uses those skills in the oil and gas industry to map fishing activity in proximity to offshore structures and inform decommissioning decisions in relation to commercial fisheries.  Mrs. Sparks has extensive experience as a project manager specializing in ecological impact assessments, marine biological monitoring and habitat restoration through the Rigs to Reefs program. She is certified as an AAUS scientific diver.

Amber Sparks

Co-Founder

Amber is an oceanographer, environmental scientist and entrepreneur. She has a B.A. in Marine Science from UC Berkeley and a M.A.S in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. In 2018, Amber was recognized on Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the energy sector for her work with Blue Latitudes to develop sustainable, creative, and cost-effective solutions for the environmental issues that surround the offshore energy industry.

Amber also has a strong background in technology. A former Ocean Curator at Google, she engineered and launched intelligent layers in Google Earth and Google Maps that distill and relate complex concepts in ocean science for a variety of audiences. Today she uses those skills in the oil and gas industry to map fishing activity in proximity to offshore structures and inform decommissioning decisions in relation to commercial fisheries.

Mrs. Sparks has extensive experience as a project manager specializing in ecological impact assessments, marine biological monitoring and habitat restoration through the Rigs to Reefs program. She is certified as an AAUS scientific diver.

Claire Gonzales   Marine Scientist   Claire is a marine ecologist, conservationist and PADI Divemaster. She received her B.S. in Biology from Duke University and is a former NSF Research Fellow. Claire has a strong background conducting fieldwork and managing projects in the United States Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, Puerto Rico, and along the California coast, where she developed her knowledge for marine habitat dynamics.  As a Marine Scientist at Blue Latitudes, Ms. Gonzales’s work is concentrated on project design, data management and statistical analysis. Her work is currently centered on the relationship between humans and the marine environment, through the lens of the Rigs to Reefs program.

Claire Gonzales

Marine Scientist

Claire is a marine ecologist, conservationist and PADI Divemaster. She received her B.S. in Biology from Duke University and is a former NSF Research Fellow. Claire has a strong background conducting fieldwork and managing projects in the United States Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, Puerto Rico, and along the California coast, where she developed her knowledge for marine habitat dynamics.

As a Marine Scientist at Blue Latitudes, Ms. Gonzales’s work is concentrated on project design, data management and statistical analysis. Her work is currently centered on the relationship between humans and the marine environment, through the lens of the Rigs to Reefs program.


Affiliates

Dr. Mark Benfield, LSU

Mark has over 15 years of experience working with the oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico. He has conducted research on plankton and deep-sea marine life on ships and offshore platforms. Through an innovative partnership with BP, Shell, Chevron, Petrobras-America, and Nexen, Mark lead the Gulf SERPENT Project, creating a Gulf-wide deep-sea biological observation network based on deepwater drillships and rigs, which uses industrial ROVs to explore life in the deep sea and expand our understanding of life in the largest and least explored habitat on earth. In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Mark worked closely with industry and the government to understand the impacts of the oil spill on zooplankton and deep-sea animals.