Born and raised in Bermuda, it was unusual that Alex was petrified of the water until age 6. Since then he’s more than made up for those first six years, and the majority of his days now are spent near, on or under the sea. During Alex’s marine biology studies at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, he did 3 consecutive summer internships at what was then known as the Bermuda Biological Station for Research, now BIOS. Graduating in 1989 with a BSc. (Hons) in Applied Marine Biology, he took the next logical step and spent the next 10 years backpacking around the globe, financed by his house painting business.
Alex finally settled down at the end of the century with a job as caretaker of a private aquarium, but his re-acquaintance with BIOS happened shortly thereafter in a part-time capacity as Waterstart camp counselor in the summers, and tour guide throughout the year. In the fall of 2011 he started working full time here at BIOS. Currently, his position is Dive Safety Officer and Small Boats Manager. Full of challenges, his position includes (but is far from limited to) supervising dive and boating safety and compliance, teaching scientific diving techniques, dive instruction, boat maintenance, education initiatives and aiding in various research projects.