Will Sautter is an acoustic mapping specialist who joined the NCCOS‘ Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment‘s (CCMA) Biogeography Branch in 2011 as a contractor with CSS-Dynamic. He grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, the current home of the Nancy Foster. He graduated in 2010 from Appalachian State University in North Carolina with a bachelor’s in geology, and he is specialized in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and SONAR systems. He has also had experience working with the South East Fisheries-Independent Survey (SEFIS) and the Marine Resources Monitoring, Assessment, and Prediction (MARMAP) Program on biogeographic assessments of the snapper-grouper complex. Will has seafloor mapping experience from Alaska to the Virgin Islands, and is returning with the Biogeography Team to the Caribbean for his second time. His role for this mission will be to process the collected multibeam sonar data using GIS into maps, which will be used by marine spatial analysts to classify the marine habitats and find fish spawning sites.
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