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Posted 07 February 2010 - 12:28 PM

Come join fellow underwater photographers for the OCUPS monthly meeting.

Photo contest theme this month is "ODD COUPLE - two different kinds of animals"

This month's speaker is Dr. Bill

Dr. Bill first sucked air from a SCUBA tank in 1961-62. Although landlocked in the Midwest at the time, he developed a passion for marine biology. After graduating from Harvard in 1969, he moved to Catalina Island to teach marine biology on SCUBA at a private high school. He has remained there ever since, diving the surrounding waters and studying the island's terrestrial life. During those years Bill worked on several projects with the Cousteaus including Project Ocean Search Catalina and their Channel Islands episode in the "Rediscovery of the World" series for TBS.

Bill received his Ph.D. from UCSB. His research focused on the use of satellite remote sensing and GIS to study the changing distribution of giant kelp around the Channel Islands. Bill's 750+ page dissertation makes a great doorstop or cure for insomnia. His other interests include the dispersal of marine invertebrates to islands and the science of marine reserves. He served as vice president for science, education and ecological restoration at the Catalina Conservancy until 2000.

Bill has dived four of the world's continents with plans to visit the other three soon. Over the past five years he has concentrated on producing a series of educational underwater videos on DVD, a daily cable TV show on marine life, and writing a weekly newspaper column all under the title "Dive Dry with Dr. Bill." The DVD's and archived columns are available through his educational web site www.StarThrower.org. Dr. Bill is currently working on a proposed new cable TV series about the ecology of kelp forests entitled "Munching and Mating in the Macrocystis" with 25 episodes in the can at this time. His footage has also appeared on national TV including a segment on great white sharks on Guy Harvey's "Portraits of the Deep," and he has been interviewed as a marine expert by radio stations and television shows both regionally and nationally.

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