Nicholas Platt was born and raised around the northern shores of Massachusetts. It was there that he first learned to love the Ocean. He came to Washington, D.C. in 2008 to study journalism and physics at The American University, where he writes a science news blog for the university's newspaper. In it, he has discussed the tumultuous state of American climate studies, the advancement of prosthetic human limbs and organs, and the discovery of a shocking species of jellyfish, Turritopsis nutricula, which can reverse its aging process, allowing it to live indefinitely. His experience writing science news led Nick to seek an internship with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. After the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, he decided that the Ocean Portal would be place to best make a difference in protecting the future of Earth's ecosystems. Nick proudly joined the Ocean Portal team as an intern in June 2010. He is dedicated to spreading a message of ocean awareness and stewardship, and even more dedicated to ensuring free and easy access to scientific knowledge for all people.