DOER was founded in 1992 by Dr. Sylvia Earle as Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, a marine consulting firm. In 1995 Earle became Explorer in Residence at the National Geographic Society and later established her own non profit foundation Mission Blue DOER president, Liz Taylor along with subsea specialist Ian Griffith, expanded the firm’s scope and capabilities to include ROV and submersible support services leading to the demand for full engineering and operations capacity. Tony Lawson, with his extensive experience with underwater systems, joined the company as Director of Engineering.
In 2003, DOER moved into a 55,000 sq. ft. facility in the historic Alameda Marina where it continues to grow with a full team of innovators, engineers, field operations supervisors, project management staff, technicians, and key advisers. In 2010, DOER appointed Ocean Innovations to assist with sales and support for ancillary equipment. This strategic alliance has further enhanced DOER’s abilities to address client needs from basic consulting to full analysis and implementation of solutions for even the most challenging underwater tasks.