Mark Schrope

Blogger & Photographer


Mark Schrope is a full-time freelance journalist covering a wide range of topics under the general headings of science and travel, with a special focus on the oceans. His work has taken him on a flight into the eye of a hurricane; to the seafloor multiple times by submersible; and around the world — from a remote Colombian island to the coral reefs of Indonesia and Fiji. He has participated in oceanographic expeditions in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Southern Oceans and the Gulf of Mexico. His articles have appeared in Nature, The Washington Post, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Outside, Sport Diver, Scuba Diving, Caribbean Travel + Life, New Scientist, and others. He is currently working on a book about the science side of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Mark worked for several years as the science writer for Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, and as an oceanography technician at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. He has a bachelor's in biology from Wake Forest University, a master's in chemical oceanography from Florida State University, and he completed the graduate science-writing program at the University of California, Santa Cruz.