Brennan Phillips received his B.S. in Ocean Engineering from the University of Rhode Island and is an engineering technician on the HERCULES remotely operated vehicle system. He has worked on HERCULES since his senior year at the University of Rhode Island (URI) and participated in the 2004 NOAA cruise to the Titanic. Brennan is also a graduate student at the University of Connecticut, pursuing a Master's degree in biological oceanography. His research interests include pelagic gelatinous zooplankton with a focus on Antarctic salps. Brennan hopes to combine his technological skills and experience with his research in marine biology. In his spare time, Brennan has become a Veggie Car Extraordinaire, converting a 1978 Mercedes’ fuel supply to bio-diesel.