Matthew Johnston is a research scientist and scientific computer programmer at the Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center. Matt received his BS in information systems from Linfield College, MS in marine biology from Nova Southeastern University, and expects completion of his PhD in February of 2014 from Nova Southeastern University. His research focuses on forecasting the incursion patterns of marine invasive species, such as the lionfish, founded on the development of cellular automaton computer models which couple physical oceanographic measurements with biological traits of the invader. Matt has provided programming support for such institutions as the Guy Harvey Research Institute, Living Oceans Foundation, the IUCN, and the Global Invertebrate Genomics Alliance. More information about his research can be found on his website. For the DEEPEND project, Matt will perform as the database manager and web portal developer. He will also provide ancillary programming support for the project.