Mike Rhode Ambassador of The Environment Mike began his career in marine biology in 2002, living on a field station in Wallops Island, VA. Here he taught courses on various aspects of coastal and barrier island ecology to people ranging in age from 8 to 80. While living there he also began frequently kayaking, fishing and surfing around Assateague Island National Seashore. Determined to help preserve more beaches and waterways, Mike moved to Lewes, DE in 2005 and got his masters degree, focusing on how human actives and weather affect the migration of young fish populations. In 2009 he moved to Wilmington, NC where he worked as a research technician using submarines and ROVs to study deep sea coral reefs, including those affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Mike has now relocated to Charleston and loves spending time at the beach with his wife Kate and little gill Lana Marie. He now plans on offering a variety of educational ecological walks and paddles in our local waterways with Carolina Surf Brand.