Coral Reef Ecology
Professor and Chair, Biological Sciences Department, Florida Institute of Technology
Rich Aronson has been associated with the tropical portion of the Three Seas program since its earliest days in Jamaica, and was also part of our faculty in French Polynesian. He has extensive research experience in marine communities on both sides of the isthmus of Panama.
M.S., Tropical Terrestrial Ecology
Director of Science Education, Brown University
Daniel Bisaccio has been offering his Tropical Terrestrial Ecology course to Three Seas students since 1990. Dan’s state-side duties include Directing the Science Education Program at Brown University, where he also lectures in Education. He is also the project director of HabitatNet, and has established Smithsonian Institution Man-and-Biosphere Field sites in Jamaica, Mexico and Thailand. Dan has been instrumental in facilitating careers in secondary school education for numerous Three Seas alumni.
Ocean & Coastal Processes
Associate Professor, Scripps Institute of Oceanography
As a graduate student at Northeastern University from 1990-92, Jim took coursework in, and served as TA for, a variety of courses at each of the program’s locales. Since 1998 he has taught several courses in the program, and is now an instructor for the Ocean and Coastal Processes course in Panama. Numerous alumni of the Three Seas program have assisted Jim with his ongoing research in the Florida Keys and French Polynesia.
Ocean & Coastal Processes
Professor, Northeastern University
Mark taught in the program at its inception and he is excited to become re-involved in one of the best teaching experiences of his career. An expert in environmental fluid mechanics and ecophysiology, he develops new instruments such as Autonomous Underwater Vehicles. His favorite research experience is saturation diving; so far he has spent 87 days living and working underwater on corals reefs in Hydrolab and Aquarius.
M.S., Coral Reef Ecology
Director of Marine & Coastal Programs, Dial Cordy and Associates, Inc.
Bill’s tenure with the Three Seas program dates back to 1988. Although he currently serves as the Director of Marine & Coastal Programs at Dial Cordy and Associates, Bill still maintains active research in the Florida Keys and Belize. He brings a geological perspective to the ecology of coral reefs in his section of the Coral Reef Ecology course.
Biology & Ecology of Fishes
Research Fisheries Biologist, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Jameal joined us in 2013 to co-teach the Biology & Ecology of Fishes course. When not teaching in our program, Jameal is based at the Conservation Biology division of NOAA Fisheries Service in Seattle, Washington.
Biology of Fishes
Killam Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia
Adrian’s association with the Three Seas program began in 2007 when he served as the Teaching Assistant for the Biology & Ecology of Fishes class, while conducting dissertation research at our former tropical site in Moorea, French Polynesia. Now a Killam Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia, Adrian will join us at our Caribbean location this winter.
Biology of Corals
Associate Professor, Northeastern University
Steve Vollmer is a Three Seas alumni who returned to Northeastern University after completing his doctoral research. He has been teaching the Biology of Corals class in Panama since our move there in 2010, which he was instrumental in orchestrating. He maintains an active, NSF-funded research program at the STRI lab in Bocas del Toro. Two of his doctoral students, recruited from the Master of Science in Marine Biology program offered in conjunction with the Three Seas program, also conduct their dissertation research at STRI while serving as TAs in the program.