Erica Moulton is a marine scientist, educator, entrepreneur, and advocate for the environment based in St Petersburg, Florida. She serves as the Director of the Center for Open Exploration (C4OE), a non-profit she established to provide opportunities for citizen science projects. In her day job she is the Director of the St. Petersburg College (SPC) STEM Center at Bay Pines, engaging students in independent research and conservation programs. Erica also runs PVC ROV, a small business geared toward building and teaching others about underwater robotics. Erica has recently been honored for her work by NAUI Worldwide with the Environmental Enrichment Award and by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in their Sharing Science grant program.
Inducted into the Explorer’s Club in 2021 as one of 16 women honored during the 40th Anniversary of Women joining the Club, Erica has worked with communities ranging from the rainforests of Guyana to the Arctic circle. As a seasoned voyager and strong advocate for the next generation, she is known for carrying her love of science and discovery with her in every aspect of her life. Her journey as an explorer has been propelled by a desire to lift others up through ocean technology, including indigenous knowledge, empowering women, and citizen science.
A diver since 13, Erica’s life passion is helping others understand science, especially through her technical contributions to the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) kits used in simple ocean exploration. She jumps at every opportunity to teach people how to work in the underwater world, and is honored to participate in this expedition to Antarctica. Erica firmly believes that science applies to all of us and understanding our planet is critical to its survival.