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Nolan Salyer, M.O., Lieutenant, USCG

Instructor, Marine Science
Marine and Environmental Sciences

LT Nolan SalyerLT Nolan Salyer earned a B.S. in Marine and Environmental Science from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) in 2015. While at USCGA, he was a two sport athlete, competing on the Academy’s football and wrestling teams. He also completed a summer internship aboard the Research Vessel Nautilus, where he navigated the vessel while conducting Remotely Operated Vehicle operations in the Gulf of Mexico. His first assignment after graduation was as a Deck Watch Officer aboard USCGC MORGENTHAU in Honolulu, Hawaii. During this time, LT Salyer was a Boarding Officer through three fisheries patrols in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska. LT Salyer then transferred to the USCGC AQUIDNECK in Manama, Bahrain where he served as the Executive Officer, conducting Department of Defense missions in the Arabian Gulf and Gulf of Oman. Following AQUIDNECK, LT Salyer served as Commanding Officer of the USCGC TERN in San Francisco, California where he and his crew conducted Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement, and Alien Migrant Interdiction Operations (AMIO) in California coastal waters. While in San Francisco, TERN responded to some of the first COVID-19 positive cases, conducting medical evacuations from the Cruise Ship GRAND PRINCESS. LT Salyer was then selected to attend graduate school at the University of Rhode Island where he studied the effects of point source pollution on benthic fauna. LT Salyer hails from Angoon, Alaska but now lives in Stonington, CT with his wife, Amanda, and their dog, Noodle.


  • Master of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, 2022
  • B.S., Marine and Environmental Science, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 2015

Courses Taught

  • Oceans I: Air and Sea
  • Marine Ecology
  • Marine Biology

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