ACADEMIC BIOGRAPHY Phil has been a college professor since 1984. He loves teaching science and has experience teaching many different classes for twelve different educational institutions. He designs, develops, and teaches online classes for Integrative Biology at Oregon State University. He taught for Phoenix Community College for 25 years. During that time he received 5 teaching awards and ten grants including support for conducting AZ Rivers Teacher’s Workshops in Arizona and Biology Teachers Workshops in Australia.
His love for marine science was kindled early in his life when his grandfather introduced him to the wildlife on the shores of Long Island, New York. He has studied marine science ever since and has experience in the field on the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Pacific coasts of the United States. He has done volunteer work for Reef Check, the Audubon Society, and the Nature Conservancy. He has earned degrees from the State University of New York at Stony Brook (BS) and the University of Southern California (MS & PhD). As a graduate-student he carried out research projects in tropical ecology in Mexico.
Since then, he has focused his attention on the marine ecosystems of the Caribbean, Hawaii, Australia, and Republic of the Maldives. He has presented research findings to the Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean and has taught underwater research methods for the University of Hawaii. He spent two years in Australia volunteering for Reef Check Australia and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. He became a PADI SCUBA Instructor in 2010. Recently he has conducted field research on coral color. He is now collaborating with Ecampus to develop 3D scanning techniques for studying morphometrics, and creating a virtual biology laboratory.