John Martin graduated from Virginia Tech in 1998 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Management, with Fisheries Science as the main course of study. After graduation, he completed an internship with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina where he assisted with multiple projects, including waterfowl and sea turtle nesting surveys. From there he worked as a technician for a municipal wastewater company in Virginia Beach, Virginia, performing EPA-required testing of waste- and groundwater sites. In January 2001 he moved into the field of aquaculture, joining Southern States as they began a large indoor recirculating tilapia operation. He moved to Valdosta, Georgia in August of that year, advancing with the company. He managed all of the company’s Georgia operations until December 2017. In January 2018 he began a new career as a fisheries biologist with the Langdale Company.
John enjoys spending his free time with his wife, Rebekah, and their four children: Abby, Madeline, Ellie, and John Carter. He is an avid salt and freshwater fisherman. He volunteers at Pine Grove Middle School where his wife teaches science and enjoys coaching youth soccer.