Dr. Arne-R. Diercks received his Ph.D. in Geological Oceanography from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Master of Science from the University of Hamburg, FRG. He joined USM in 1990, and left the University to work at oceanographic commercial companies for 10 years. During those years he worked as science liaison between NDBC, SCRIPPS, CODAR Ocean Sensors and the Naval Post Graduate School to help establish the National HF Radar Network. He rejoined USM as autonomous uncrewed vehicle manager for the National Institute of Undersea Science and Technology in 2007. Since 2014 he has been a part of the USM research faculty.