A native of Nantasket Beach, Massachusetts, Zack Johnson’s fascination with the sea and its inhabitants began at a very early age. From the time he could walk, he would spend long hours walking along the beach, poking lifeless things with sticks and dragging home various bits of flotsam and jetsam, much to the dismay of his mother. This love of the ocean led him to join the Navy where he served as an Aviation Electronics Technician in a seagoing Seahawk helicopter squadron assigned to various aircraft carriers. Upon completion of his enlistment, Zack went to work in a real estate title office as a file clerk, ultimately becoming a Title Abstractor before taking a job as an Investor Liaison at J.P. Morgan Chase. After weathering the financial crisis of 2008, he decided it was time for a career change and took a job as a Marine Mammal Observer with RPS Geocet aboard seismic survey vessels in the Gulf of Mexico, working to mitigate the effects of seismic surveying on protected, threatened and endangered species. He specialized in short notice borehole survey which required a 48 hour callout time and assignment to all kinds of vessels, from small crew and service ships all the way up to deep sea oil rigs and full size streamer vessels. Zack spent his off time volunteering with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, who ultimately referred him to Sea to Shore Alliance.
Zack now spends his time traversing Florida’s waterways tracking manatees and collecting data for various S2S projects, and is still metaphorically poking things with sticks when the opportunity arises.