Dr. Carl Schoch
I am a coastal scientist with a Ph.D. in oceanography. My interests are in nearshore ecosystems and how they change over time. I am one of the developers of the ShoreZone coastal imaging and habitat mapping program. My experience with the west coast of North America is mostly from professional and recreational adventures. My work involves over 30 years of scientific research along the coasts of Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and California. While mapping shoreline habitats, I hiked the length of the Katmai and Aniakchak coasts, the Cook Inlet shoreline of Lake Clark National Park, Kachemak Bay, and the outer coast of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. I was a commercial salvage diver in Puget Sound, and the captain of a research vessel in the Gulf of Alaska including Cook Inlet and Prince William Sound, and in the Aleutian Islands, Bering Sea, and all of the Alaskan Arctic coast. I have traversed the inside passage to and from Alaska many times on various vessels, and kayaked extensively in Prince William Sound, Kenai Fjords, and Kachemak Bay. I have cycled the entire coastline of Washington, Oregon and California twice, and sailed down the coast once, stopping as often as possible. The pictures in CoastView are mostly from the ShoreZone program, and the stories are based on places of interest learned from these cumulative experiences.
I am a software architect and developer with a curious mind. I got bit by the entrepreneur bug 10 years ago, after completing my MBA and my MS in computer science. This background helps me to pursue my passion: building things that do things, from business to technology and software to hardware. On a personal note, I fell in love with the French language, people, and food during my studies in Paris – going from zero to hero in French conversation skills in a year. I like listening to the 8-bit music of the video game consoles from the 80s. I live in Berlin, Germany.