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As a lifelong storyteller turned manned submersible pilot Erika Bergman is an ocean enthusiast and in 2013 was named a National Geographic Explorer. She studied chemical oceanography at the University of Washington while working as a diesel engineer aboard the tall ship S/V Lady Washington and a steam ship engineer aboard the S/S Virginia V. Since then she has worked as a submersible pilot for exploration, research and filmmaking. Erika is the editor of OpenExplorer, a site dedicated to supporting and curating a new era of connected, citizen exploration. She is also the co-founder of GEECs, Girls Engineering and Exploration Counselors, providing a network of engineering camps to girls around the world.