Mathew VanBemmel was a turtle ecology technician with the Environmental Institute of Houston's research team in 2020. VanBemmel came to EIH from Corvallis, Oregon, and has a bachelor's degree in fisheries and wildlife from Oregon State University. VanBemmel has a passion for the marine environment. He loves marine fish, sea turtles, the ocean, conservation, and climate change. For fun he enjoys playing Dungeons and Dragons and having a beer with friends.