Viktor was introduced to the ocean at a very young age by his grandfather who had a home in Grand Cayman from before his birth until just after his 18th birthday. It was there that Viktor became fascinated with coral reefs. He learned to SCUBA dive at the age of 12 with his mother. Diving is perhaps his favorite thing on earth and is the major reason behind his desire to work in the field of marine ecology. Viktor completed his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Miami (RSMAS) in December, 2009. During his time there, he was fortunate enough to spend a considerable amount of time gaining field experience under numerous different projects. In 2008, he began volunteering for Dr. Peter Glynn helping to sort and weigh cryptic invertebrates in his laboratory. Viktor took the fall semester of his senior year (2008) off from classes and went to live and work on Contadora Island (Pacific Panamá) for 4.5 months with one of Dr. Glynn’s students. Since that experience, he has worked full-time managing Dr. Glynn’s laboratory operations as well as continuing to get as much fieldwork experience as possible.
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