Crew Profiles and Career History

The JR’s crew is the set of returning staff who carry out the ship’s key procedures—

—from navigation and drilling to housekeeping and cooking to key roles in the core lab. Often up to 65 crew members are on board any given expedition. Key roles are filled by marine professionals, ocean drilling specialists, and scientific technicians, among others. The entire crew rotates in and out about every other expedition. Browse the pictures below and we will be adding more information to each of these soon so you can learn more!

The JR also hosts a group of scientists, called the Science Party, who work on board the JR for one specific mission. Learn who's on the current Science Party<.

To get an even broader sampling of marine career possibilities, explore the Career Profile Interactive<.


Rolando Manzo
Technological Institute of the Phillipines
Marine Engineering
Gualberto S Felecio Jr
AS, Philippine Maritime Institute
Marine Engineering
Perfecto D Cruz Jr (Pech'z)
Technological Institute of Philippines
Marine Engineering
Edgie S Tan
BS U Cebu Marine & Engineer Training Center
Marine Transportation
Julito Codilla
Manuel A Roxas M Morial School
Marine Transportation
Jayson Pajarit
Bachelors of Science
Culinary Science
Robert Tungol
Eric Tabadeza
Nutrition and Dietetics
Oliver 'Chris' Molina
Nutrition and Dietetics
Bernardo Gualberto
La Union Christian College
Ricky Belda
Arnel S. Martin
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering: Eulogio Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology
Registered Master Electrician
Bong Cruz
Tim ‘Dread Pirate’ Bronk
University of Texas (UT)
Bachelors degree in Aquatic Biology
Lisa Crowder
Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA. Masters from the University of California, Santa Barbara
BS in Earth Science, BA in Biology, and Minor in Anthropology. MA in Geological Sciences (Marine Geology)
Tony Ricardos
Joselito Diosdado l. Mariano
Arellano University
Camilo P Caig (Mel)
University of Batangas; High School Graduate, Secondary
Juny Sioco
Certificate in Marine Transportation, Aklan Polytechnic Institute, Kalibo, Aklan
Taylor McKirdy
Steve Bradley
Lisa Brandt
BS, University of Wisconsin
chemistry, geology
Rachael Gray
B.S.Geology; B.A. English; M.S. Geology all from Ohio State University
J M Calitz
Tswane University of Technology (Pretoria) RSA
National High Certificate (T4) Electrical Engineering (Low Current)
Jake Robinson
California Maritime Academy
James Kennedy
Eion Watson
Efren Adona
Chad Broyles
Melchor A Pepito
Boni Agonias
Nick Parish
Craig Prosser
Carlos Grecia
Ike Sacudit
Jeff Manuael
Manuel Cabusa
High School
Nicholas P Ursua
St. Peter High School
Narciso G Gobalane Jr
Edgar P Bebis
Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation, BS
Marine Engineering
Glenn D. Macion
Bachelor of Science, ZSMIT Padagian City, Philippines
Marine Transportation (BSMT)- Nautical
Joel Encarnacion
College Graduate
AB in Social Sciences
Loreto Olegario
Clay Furman
U.S. Air Force Academy, Missouri University of Science & Technology
Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering
Mike Hodge
AA, Ohio Institute of Technology
Randy W. Gjesvold
Lower Columbia College, George Washington University, and U.S. Naval Submarine School
Maggie Hastedt
B.S., University of Michigan; M.S., Texas A&M
Ian Alparaque
Ian Rey S Alparaque
Colegio de la Purisima Concepcion, BA
Marine Engineering
Leo Pestano
Gene Molina
Rhonda Kappler
Ceferino V. Pronto Jr.
Electronics and Communication
Jacinto V Tabat Jr
Arellano University
Edmund Ancheta
Philippine Merchant Marine Academy
Navigation and Seamanship
Onyok Salaveria
John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation, in Bacolod City
Marine Engineering
Gian Andaya
Chris Zureta
Filipino Nocillado
Leonele Rivera Maloles
BS- Marine Transportation at Asian Institute of Maritime Studies
Bubba Attryde
Mark Robinson
Sandra Herrman
PhD ETH Zurich
Micro paleontology, sedimentology and fossil fuels
Kristin Bronk
Texas A&M University College Station, Texas
Arun Thatiol
Luis Campana

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