Ian grew up in the small beach town of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida where he spent much of his free time fishing, surfing, and diving. He went on to receive a bachelor’s and master degree in Marine Biology at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale while competing as a collegiate pole-vaulter. Ian has spent the last several years researching hogfish, spending most of his time out on the reefs freediving, spearfishing, and conducting research. Ian also helps catch sharks and rays for cancer research, lionfish ecology, and electroreception of marine organisms. Outside of research, Ian’s passion is teaching others about the underwater world he loves so much.