The success of MarineBio is largely due to the efforts of our core team of volunteers and the following volunteers who help make our sites a leading source of information for the marine life sciences.
We're always looking for new volunteers. If you're interested, please see our Volunteers & Internships page.
Our volunteers and contributors include amazing marine life photographers, marine biology students and many marine biologists (both academic and field biologists) who help out with the specific issues they specialize in (e.g. coral reefs, cephalopods, etc.). We also have marine biologists who help answer questions at our Facebook Group.
Would you like to be added or do you have changes (e.g., photos) to your information below? Email us anytime
My love of marine life began at an early age fishing and crabbing the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and spending summers on the Gulf Coast of AL/FL.
I have been involved in wildlife/marine conservation efforts for over 20 years. I have worked tirelessly sending letters/emails and phone calls for marine conservation and sustainability. I have worked with biologists in Cahuita National Park, Cahuita, Costa Rica 2009-2010 doing studies on eyelash pit vipers and coral reefs. I also taught English as a Second language.
I am currently working with biologists at the TN Wildlife Resources Agency testing for wasting disease in the deer population and herpitological studies and I discovered a species of four-toed salamander never seen before in the region.
My current passion is the work I'm involved with in managing the MarineBio Google Plus website. I am devoting my time and efforts to this site for the purpose of education, sharing knowledge and information. Not only for what we can offer but what others can share and do to make sure the oceans and all marine species have a future. I believe in what we do here at MarineBio and I look forward to our future.
Kevin Panizza — Contributing Photographer
Freelance Underwater Photographer and Owner at Ocean Image / www.ocean-image.net
"I have been fascinated with the underwater world ever since I saw my first Sea Hunt episode at age 5. Now I travel the world capturing Marine images with the hope of inspiring others to respect and enjoy the Ocean and to enlighten folks of the importance of Ocean Conservation."
Kevin's Photos have been on several covers and in articles for The San Clemente Journal and featured in Scuba Diving Magazine, Sport Diver Magazine, California Diver Magazine, The Sun Post News for the Orange County Register and in articles for major media all around the world.
Kevin is sharing his talents by contributing to MarineBio's species database.
Kristian Taylor — Contributing Researcher
Kristian Taylor (M.S.) is a Marine Biology doctoral student at Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center specializing in echinoderm phylogeny and phylogeography, with an emphasis on crinoids.
Along with sharing some of his pictures from his underwater photography website (www.khtphotos.com), Kristian is sharing his expertise by contributing to MarineBio's echinoderm group and species content (in progress).
Partial Pressure Productions is Trevor and Peter Fulks — brothers with a passion for the underwater world. They film their journey through adventure, education and discovery. Based in Southern California, Peter and Trevor shoot video underwater in an attempt to share their fascination with the aquatic world with others.
They are contributing ID photos and HD video clips of many of the California marine species that they encounter during their exploration benether the waves.
Matthew Tate is a university graduate currently assisting MarineBio in the development of many of its key web pages and the ongoing stranding project. He has always had a great interest within the field of Marine Biology, influenced as a child by a wide range of media and literature. He is now fulfilling this interest and is currently working towards further education and looking forward to a career in marine biology.
Tyler Carrier is an undergraduate marine science major at the University of Maine. His professors have sparked his passion for marine invertebrates. Tyler is currently doing dietary research on the green sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis). He also hopes to become a marine invertebrate professor and continue to do research on echinoderms. Tyler has been a large contributor to the "sea stars & urchin" section of the marine species database project.
Jacquelyn Foos has been interested in Marine Biology since the age of nine after feeding a Sea Lion at Marine World. She is currently helping MarineBio with the global Marine Stranding database project and is very excited to help scientists, students, and others concerned with the environment and the oceans. Currently, she is also working full-time at a non-science job and has been attending college part-time for the past four years. She is looking forward to attending school full-time in Fall 2012, and working towards a degree in Biology (with a concentration of Marine Biology). She aspires to do research and become a professor, who encourages others to go after their dreams and academic goals, while helping students learn about the world around us.
Gavin Barker is a high school student anticipating a career in either marine conservation biology or marine biology. Inspired by Dr. Carl Safina, the Cousteau family, and Sylvia Earle, etc. he wishes to inspire many in the global movement to protect our precious oceans. Gavin has been a active member for many years now and helps MarineBio in many ways. What sparked his interest was kayaking with seals in Maine and getting a taste of commercial fishing in New England.
Georgina Mills is a Biological Sciences graduate, from the University of Reading, UK. She is currently working as an Editorial Assistant within science publishing in London. After having had experience in writing through the University student newspaper, she is keen to expand this experience and write about the topics that interest her: environmental biology, conservation and ecology.
Kerry Gildea Beck is a former aerospace and political journalist based in Washington, D.C. She is a volunteer interpreter at the National Zoo's Amazonia Exhibit and her current writing projects are heavily focused on animal conservation.
One of the best moments in her life was snorkeling off Hawaii's Na Pali Coast with a giant green sea turtle “honu.”
Peter Moyle, PhD – Essays on Wildlife Conservation
MarineBio is proud to present Essays on Wildlife Conservation written and edited by Dr. Peter Moyle, et al. for an introductory course on wildlife conservation taught at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Moyle's chapters provide an introduction to the history of wildlife in North America, biodiversity, natural selection, conservation biology, ecology, conservation legislation, alien species, wildlife and pollution, and things we can all do to save wildlife.
David Hall – Contributing Photographer
"It has always been my hope that my fascination with, and respect for, all living things would show in my work and help to inspire similar feelings in others." seaphotos.com
Wilhelm Bögershausen – Contributing Photographer
A wonderful collection of photos of many species from around the world.
Massimo Boyer & Paola Bearzi – Contributing Photographers
Marine biologists in charge of the marine diversity laboratory: Edge of Reef in Manado, Indonesia.
Dave Harasti – Contributing Photographer
Dave is a marine scientist working for the NSW Fisheries Threatened Species Unit. Dave has a honors degree in Marine Science 1st class. He is an avid diver and an outstanding photographer. daveharasti.com
Roberto Sozzani (Scubabob Underwater Photography) – Contributing Photographer
Roberto lives in Milan, Italy and is an avid diver and outstanding photographer. robertosozzani.it
Rolf Hicker (Rainbow Productions) – Contributing Photographer
Rolf is a wildlife, travel, and nature photographer and owner of Rainbow Productions based in Canada. Rolf has traveled the globe and has had a number of remarkable experiences, including photographing Sir Paul McCartney and his wife, Heather, when they visited the Gulf of St. Lawrence to observe the Harp seals, a trip organized by the Humane Society of the United States.
Peter Schulz – Contributing Photographer
Peter dives frequently off Boyton Beach, Florida and is an amazing photographer of Florida marine life. peterpeterpeter.com
Andy Murch – Contributing Photographer
Andy runs elasmodiver.com which is the only web-based field guide for diving with sharks and rays. He is also Shark Diver Magazine's Staff Photographer and is currently also working on an upcoming TV series called Shark Divers. "I don't think we're crazy, we just love diving with sharks and we want to show the world the sharks while there are still some left." - Shark Divers Trailer
Richard and Mary Field (Reef Fishes of the Red Sea, Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman) – Contributing Photographers
The Field's have been photographing and studying reef fishes since 1989 and have built a library of photographs of about 600 species present around the Arabian peninsula, which includes the Red Sea, Gulf of Oman and Southern Oman (Arabian Sea). richardfield.freeservers.com
Rob L. Suisted – Contributing Photographer
"With a background in zoology, a professional career in conservation management and quality management systems, along with an extensive experience in remote/back-country areas and photography, Rob has developed Nature's Pic Images into a quality provider of New Zealand Nature and Scenic Stock Imagery." naturespic.com
Clinton Bauder (The Metridium Fields) – Contributing Photographer
"When I'm not writing code for Apple Computer you're likely to find me underwater somewhere with my video camera. I've managed to get some good shots over the years and this is my forum for sharing them with you, the diving public." metridium.com
Alison Gill (The Marine Team) – Contributing Photographer
Alison contributes photographs of marine mammals to MarineBio as a member of The Marine Team's marineteam.com (now Intelligent Ocean) network of freelance professionals working in the marine environment who are dedicated to the conservation of marine species and their habitat.
Marcus Martin – Contributing Photographer
Marcus Martin maintains the web site photobirder.com featuring "Birds of the World by Marcus G. Martin." Marcus is based in New Mexico, US and generously provides photos to MarineBio of marine birds.
Ashley Kurth, Biology student, Kent State University, Kent, OH, USA (Submitted shearwaters...)
Benjamin Chen, B.S. Marine Science TAMU-Corpus Christi, RPCV - Micronesia 70 (2003-05), USA (Submitted corals, albatrosses, the Great Auk, boobies, penguins, ganets...)
Christine Bedore, Zoology student (concentration Marine Biology), Michigan State University, Jackson, MI, USA (Submitted reef fishes...)
Denise Perez, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL, USA (Submitted petrels...)
Ellie Pelletier (turtle fan**), Marine Biology student at Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu, HI, USA (Submitted reef fishes...)
Fiza Nadeem, biology student at the University of Toronto, working towards a major in biology. (Helped with individual species home pages...)
Heidi Harding, Marine Biology Student - Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (Worked on fishes...)
Jaclyn Mousoulias, Marine Biology student and works for the SCUBA department at the Ohio University, Athens, OH, USA (Submitted corals, sea horses...)
Kelly Woods, Marine Biologist, graduate of UNC Wilmington, Wilmington, NC, USA (Deep Sea content editor, submitted Phylum definitions...)
Kyle Scharkss, Aspiring Marine Biologist, high school student in Connecticut, USA (Submitted reef fishes...)
Lauren Admire was an aspiring marine biologist with a BA in Philosophy from Elon University and hopes to enter into graduate school in Fall 2011 for marine biology with a focus in teuthology. She writes a weekly science column for The Escapist. She currently volunteers in the Aquatics section of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and is training to work with rescued raptors and big cats.
Leigh-Anne Baller, Biology student - Linfield College, Oregon, USA (Submitted marine mammals introductory information...)
Lenny, Marine Science student (specializing in Marine Zoology) - National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland (Submitted the sea lamprey...)
Mario Lebrato, Oceanography/Marine Biology student - Southampton Oceanography Centre, UK (Submitted photos and marine mammal information...)
Mary Bach - Mary has been interested in marine biology from an early age. Her main interest is cetaceans, particularly the lesser known ones such as the 20 species of beaked whales which she is currently helping MarineBio expand. Currently she is working full time in a non-marine science career. Although she is an aspiring photographer and would eventually like to try underwater photography, her dream job is tracking marine animals in the wild for research purposes. (Helped with beaked whale research...)
Tania Woodcock, Marine Biology and Oceanography student, University of Plymouth, UK (Submitted reef fishes...)
We always need volunteers! If you're interested, please see our MarineBio E-volunteers page.
"Georgia Aquarium has decided not to appeal the decision handed down by Judge Totenberg. We firmly disagree with the Judge's decision, but the extended appeal process would add to an already lengthy series of legal proceedings, which would not be in the best interest of the animals in Russia."
As if the world's coral reefs didn't have enough problems — killer rising ocean temperatures, crazy bleaching events and oil slicks comprised of sunscreen from sunbathers that denude them, they are now under attack by hordes of thorny sea creatures.
Fishing nations at the annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) have once again failed to adopt scientific advice and best practices to safeguard several species of oceanic sharks.