Science and Conservation Director
Todd has been diving since 1979 and cave diving since 1987. He has explored and mapped underwater caves in Florida, Turkey, Mexico, and China and studied the role of caves in controlling groundwater flow patterns for M.S. and Ph.D. university degrees. He is currently working with a team of researchers and explorers with the Florida Geological Survey and GUE’s Woodville Karst Plain Project to understand karstic groundwater flow to Wakulla Spring in North Florida. That work has included detailed underwater cave mapping, quantitative groundwater tracing, hydraulic metering of discrete cave passages, and the numerical simulation of conduit/matrix groundwater flow. He is one of the original founders of GUE, currently serves as GUE’s vice-president, and also leads a small consulting company, GeoHydros, that specializes in geological and groundwater modeling. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Hydrogeology Consortium and the Florida Springs Institute, both non-profit organizations dedicated to the protection of Florida’s springs.
Accounting and Database Management
Kristie has been working in geography and mapping for over 15 years. Most of her work has been for conservation organizations where she's combined her love for back country exploration with her mapping and data management skills to help compile data into publication quality maps and animations using Arc GIS, Google Map and Goggle Earth. She also has a background in financial management and database management, which she has brought to bear for multiple organizations through the years. She currently manages an online database for "Project Baseline", a conservation initiative started by Global Underwater Explorers to preserve some of the world's most spectacular underwater environments. Her role is to collect data, images, and observations from team divers and enter them into the PB database such that they can be shared with the public via an online interface. She has also worked for GUE on multiple international expeditions as logistics support and camera and data manager. As for diving herself, she has only had tanks on her back about three times, but they were at some very cool places. She looks forward to seeing more but perhaps with a little more instruction than "just breathe and kick and you will be fine." Maybe when her daughter Ginnie is old enough to dive she'll finally get into a real class.
Communications and Outreach Coordinator
Amanda's main passion in life is protecting the environment. Whether that means working to minimize her own footprint or working on a broader scale to protect wildlife, the oceans, and other bodies of water. She received her GUE Recreation Level 1 certificate in November 2016 and is ecstatic to begin her scuba diving journey. Amanda was a volunteer for Project Baseline for over a year as the Communications Lead during Baseline Explorer missions. Now she manages communication between Project Baseline and the public. Amanda holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, with an emphasis in Strategic Communications from the University of Nevada, Reno. She is excited to collaborate with our project teams, volunteers, and other organizations to help improve the state of the underwater world through Project Baseline’s documentation efforts.