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Matthew Brigham, M.S., Lieutenant, USCG

Instructor, Marine Science Marine and Environmental Sciences
LT Matt Brigham Hailing from southern Maryland, LT Brigham is a 2015 graduate from the Coast Guard Academy where he earned a B.S. degree in Marine and Environmental Sciences. After graduation, he first served as Deck Watch Officer aboard USCGC Polar Star (WAGB 10) home ported in Seattle, Washington, where he made two Operation Deep Freeze patrols to McMurdo Station, Antarctica. This mission supported the National Science Foundation by conducting ice breaking operations to create a navigable route for cargo vessels to resupply McMurdo Station. In summer 2017, LT Brigham was assigned to Apra Harbor, Guam as Executive Officer of USCGC Assateague (WPB 1336). He led the decommissioning of Assateague in October 2017 and concurrent crew change over to USCGC Kiska (WPB 1337) following a relocation of home port to Guam, where he served as Executive Officer until 2019. Remaining in Guam, LT Brigham transferred to USCGC Sequoia (WLB 215) as Executive Officer. In 2021, he was selected for the Coast Guard’s Advanced Education program in Oceanography, and in 2023, earned a M.S. degree in Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California. After completing graduate school, LT Brigham reported to the Coast Guard Academy.


  • M.S., Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 2023
  • B.S., Marine and Environmental Sciences, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 2015

Courses Taught

  • Atmospheric and Marine Science
  • Oceans I: Air and Sea

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Thesis: Brigham, Matthew, M., 2023. Nutrient compositions in southeast Greenland waters and polar water influence on distribution. Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Honors and Awards

  • National Honor Society Induction – University of California, San Diego Chapter

Professional Affiliations

  • The Oceanography Society
  • American Geophysical Union

Contact Information

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