The Open Water Media Team

Mark Schrope, president and founder of Open Water Media, has a decade of media experience. As a freelance journalist Mark has pursued stories around the world, and his articles have appeared in a  range of outlets such as Popular Science, Outside, New Scientist, Nature, Sport Diver, Caribbean Travel + Life, Business 2.0,, NationalGeographic News, IEEE Spectrum,, Modern Drug Discovery, and others. He also spent four years as a writer and public information officer for the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution in Ft. Pierce, Florida. In that position, he produced countless outreach materials including a quarterly newsletter and press releases that garnered attention for Harbor Branch research from national news broadcasts, major newspapers around the country, and virtually every U.S. magazine that regularly covers scientific topics.

Before turning to writing, Mark spent several years conducting oceanographic research on expeditions around the world and has an academic background in biology (Wake Forest University) and biogeochemistry (Florida State University). During his transition from research to writing he completed the internationally recognized University of California, Santa Cruz, Science Writing graduate program.

Jonathan Saint is an award-winning design professional with the rare combination of creativity and technological prowess that allows him to tackle web, print, and multimedia projects with equal aplomb. He is passionate about crafting designs that are both intelligent and effective to communicate an organizations views, accomplishments, and aspirations. Jonathan trained and worked for many years in Ontario, where he ran his own design/web/print company. Later he moved to a position as webmaster and graphic designer for the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution. While there Jonathan was highlighted in as one of Producer Magazine's Top Producers for 2003. He is a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the International Digital Media & Arts Association.

Mark Carroll is equally at home underwater, on a mountainside or in a laboratory. His passions for the outdoors and science have taken him on assignments around the globe. Mark's photographs have appeared in such magazines as Smithsonian, Sea Kayaker and Backpacker, and in conjunction with the Discovery Channel, The New York Times and USA Today. Mark studied at Boston University, earning degrees in both marine biology and photojournalism, and he has worked in television with the History Channel, National Geographic and PBS's science series NOVA.


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