Dennis Peterson is the Director of Science at Carlsbad Aquafarm Inc (CAI). He worked in the sport-fishing industry out of San Diego for five years, then served for four years in the United States Coast Guard, making trips to Antarctica aboard the USCGC Glacier and USCGC Polar Sea. Peterson attended California State University San Marcos, where he obtained a BS in biology and worked for CAI as a mussel harvesting diver, as well as a hatchery and grow‐out technician for abalone. He attended graduate school at the University of Southern California in the Biological Sciences Department’s Marine Environmental Program, where he studied outbreeding depression and speciation using the copepod Tigriopus californicus as a model system. Having returned to CAI four years ago, Peterson now oversees the culture of mussel, oyster, abalone, a variety of seaweeds, micro-algae, and a variety of crustaceans.