ROV Instructor, Maker & Science Communicator
St. Petersburg, Florida
Erica Moulton is an educator, marine scientist, adventurer, and maker. Erica has nearly 20 years experience designing, developing and implementing continuing education & marine and environmental education courses. She has worked in the U.S. and abroad with experience, in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors, including most aspects of education programming and outreach.
Erica has always been up for an adventure, passionate about science since she first declared that it was what she wanted to do at the age of four. She earned her B.S. from the University of West Florida, and was inducted into Beta Beta Beta, as an undergrad. Erica also spent a semester on board the LIU Southampton vessel Spirit of Massachusetts, traveling from Maine to Haiti. She earned her Master’s degree in Conservation Education from Prescott College while living with the Arawak Amerindians in Guyana, South America.
As a college instructor and biologist for 10 years, Erica designed, developed, and implemented continuing education and environmental education courses. During her college tenure, she was part of a team of four scientists who facilitated an aquaculture experiment aboard the Space Shuttle Mission STS 95, with Astronaut John Glenn.
Erica has been SCUBA diving since the age of 13. She is a Master diver, an AAUS Certified Scientific Diver, and has certifications in Nitrox and Rescue diving.
Erica has been actively involved in the Marine Technology Society, serving as Chair of two committees. She has hosted and coordinated the MTS Ocean Explorers program. She currently conducts ROV education and training with her small business, PVC ROV, and has partnered with ORCA, NySci, NAUI Green Diver, Vulcan, AUVSI Foundation, SeaGlide, OpenROV. Recently, she presented her ROV outreach at the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life at the American Museum of Natural History.
Erica’s personal interests include running in events—from Ragnar to half marathons—and spending time outdoors with her family. Her life’s passion is helping others understand science, especially through her technical contributions to the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) kits used in student competitions and simple ocean exploration. Erica markets her own version of an ROV kit, and jumps at every opportunity to teach people how to work in the underwater world—it’s difficult to beat the feeling she gets when watching someone’s face light up after she helps them turn a plastic coat hanger into an underwater robot! Her ‘little coat hanger’ ROV offers the perfect hands-on lesson to move most people beyond their fears of working with electronics and water.
Twitter: @ROV_Erica, #pvcrov