Erich Hoyt – Marine Mammals
North Berwick, Scotland, Planet Ocean
Erich has worked for the conservation of whales and dolphins and marine protected areas (MPAs) in more than 40 countries over the past 30 years. Senior Research Fellow with WDCS, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, Erich also directs the Far East Russia Orca Project (FEROP), which is doing pioneer research with Killer whales in Kamchatka. In 2001, the project won the prestigious German Klüh Prize for Innovation in Science.
Erich was recently appointed to a second term with the Cetacean Specialist Group of the IUCN Species Survival Commission. He is also a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas. His current work focuses on identifying cetacean critical habitat and establishing effective MPAs in national waters and on the high seas of the world ocean
Erich has written 18 books (14 for adults, 4 for kids) translated into 20 languages. He often presents lectures about marine ecotourism, MPAs and cetaceans, and has written scientific papers for journals, articles for National Geographic and the Sunday Times, and the odd film script. His books have won many awards; he has twice been named a James Thurber Writer-in-Residence, and was Vannevar Bush Fellow at MIT in 1985-86.
A Canadian-American, Erich has lived in North Berwick, outside Edinburgh, since 1990, with his wife and four children. For more information on Erich’s work, visit www.erichhoyt.com.
Dr. Paul H. Yancey – the Deep Sea
Walla Walla, WA, USA, Planet Ocean
Paul is a marine animal physiologist at Whitman College, where he is a Professor of Biology and the Carl E. Peterson Endowed Chair of Sciences. He teaches undergraduate courses in marine biology (for both biology and non-science majors), animal physiology, bioethics (including environmental ethics), and directed research. His students work with him in his marine research projects (including many deep-sea research expeditions, some with the Alvin submersible) and he has won several teaching awards. He has also helped lead eco-trips for Whitman alumni to the Washington and Oregon coasts and Costa Rica. In 1997, he developed the first website on deep-sea biology for the general public, a site which continues to be popular. Paul has been an avid lover of marine life since childhood, inspired by watching Jacques Cousteau on television, by many family beach vacations in California and Baja California, and an undergraduate invertebrate zoology course at Catalina Marine Station. His Ph.D. research at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography with Dr. George Somero involved osmotic adaptations of elasmobranchs (sharks, skates and rays) and temperature and pH effects on marine fishes from polar regions to the tropics (well before we knew about ocean warming and acidification). His work on marine osmotic adaptations quickly led to a revolutionary shift in our understanding of mammalian/human kidney function, and later to a major new theory on how animals survive high pressure in the deep sea. After Scripps, Paul then worked at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (England) before joining Whitman College. Since then, during summers and sabbaticals, he has worked at the Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center; the National Institutes of Health; the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory; Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station; Louisiana State University; the University of Otago (New Zealand), University of Hawai’i (Oceanography Department and Institute of Marine Biology), and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.
Paul’s research specialty continues to focus on effects on marine animals of environmental stresses, including not only osmotic, temperature, and pH, but also sulfide (at hydrocarbon seeps and hydrothermal vents) and pressure in the deep sea. With corals increasingly under threat from temperature and pH changes, he and his collaborators are now working on coral reef conservation projects in Hawai’i and Yucatan, Mexico. Due to his osmotic discoveries, he also occasionally joins medical research teams studying not only basic kidney processes but also diabetes and cystic fibrosis. He has co-authored numerous scientific papers and a textbook on Animal Physiology. He has given scientific talks throughout the US, and in Canada, the U.K., Belgium, Switzerland, Japan, New Zealand, Botswana and Brazil; his students have given research presentations in the U.S., Russia, France, Australia and Iceland.
Jamieson, A.J., Yancey, P.H., On the validity of the Trieste flatfish; dispelling the myth. Biological Bulletin, June 1, 2012 vol. 222 no. 3 171-175
Dr. James B. Wood – Cephalopods
West Palm Beach, FL USA, Planet Ocean
James is a marine biologist and the former Director of Education at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. James has made a career out of his passion for discovery and sharing marine science with the public through teaching, online outreach projects and magazine articles. He is the author of numerous scientific and popular publications and was the first person to observe mating, hatching and to rear any species of deep-sea octopus in the lab.
James is the coauthor of the book Octopus: The Ocean’s Intelligent Invertebrate and is also involved in many other marine life/science websites such as: The Cephalopod Page, Census of Marine Life, and OBIS.
Some of James’ collaborative work on communication in Caribbean Reef Squid could be seen on the HDTV Discovery Channel special “Tentacles.” Dr. Wood’s deep-sea octopuses are featured on the Discovery Channel Special “The Amazing Octopus”
Dr. Wood’s (on left) fall 2005 Marine Invertebrate Class with Dr. Sylvia Earle (center)
James is an avid diver (PADI 1989, AAUS science diver 2003), sailor, and underwater photographer.
Dr. Martin Griffiths
Cambridge, UK, Planet Ocean
Martin is currently a commissioning life sciences editor for the Cambridge University Press (the oldest printing and publishing house in the world, since 1584). His work involves commissioning new titles and managing their publication from initial research to project development and final publication. Martin travels frequently all over the globe to promote, sell and commission new works. He earned his PhD in neurochemistry from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne.
When not immersed in academic publishing, Martin enjoys SCUBA diving (PADI Rescue Diver), running, weight training and walking. He has a keen ear for music and likes to dabble in the kitchen. Martin also enjoys fishkeeping and gardening. In 2002 he traveled extensively through southeast Asia including visits to Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and Fiji. Naturally, he did a lot of diving on this trip and enjoyed the underwater realms in Thailand, the Great Barrier Reef, and in the seas around Fiji.
Ginelle Smith – Public Relations/Media Specialist
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Planet Ocean
Ginelle currently works for a major Communications Company in British Columbia, Canada. She has been an Animal Rights and Marine Conservation Activist for many years and has been affiliated with various organizations around the globe. Her great love for the Ocean, especially Marine Mammals, began when she was a small child feeding a fish to an orca (killer whale) on a visit to SeaWorld in San Diego, California. Her boundless passion towards activism and marine life conservation has continued to be a major focus throughout her life as the issues concerning the health of our seas, effecting the millions of amazing species within them, continue to worsen despite increasing awareness. She currently works with David to help us create the awareness needed and expand our research and conservation efforts using a combination of various Web technologies and her excellent networking skills. Ginelle is learning more about Marine Conservation and its complex issues every day while also educating her children, who already possess the Activist gene.
Interests – SCUBA! Ginelle is a certified PADI Rescue Diver and is currently working on earning her Divemaster Certification with a specialty in underwater photography. She dives on a frequent basis and is eager to photograph and meet all the species in our world below on future MarineBio Expeditions. Nature (PBS), Life Series (Blue Planet), Nat Geo Wild, Marine Biology/Conservation, Kinesiology – Personal Training, and, of course, Planet Ocean.