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About Me

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My name is William Alevizon, and I wrote and continue to maintain this website.

This page provides visitors with information about my academic background as well as my reasons for creating "Coral Reef Facts and Information".

My Background

I am a Professor of Marine Biology (retired) whose lifetime research focused upon the ecology of reef fishes and the ecosystems they inhabit.

I received an M.A. and Ph.D. degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California (Santa Barbara). Afer graduation, I relocated to Florida where I began research on Caribbean coral reef ecosystems.

I have authored or co-authored numerous scientific papers, technical reports, and several popular books on coral reefs and marine life.

I have also served on the faculties of a number of academic institutions, where I taught undergraduate and graduate courses in biological sciences with a focus on marine biology. Schools at which I have taught include the Florida Institute of Technology (Melbourne), the University of California at Berkeley, and the College of Charleston (South Carolina).

Along with teaching and basic research I have also been engaged as a consultant for numerous projects on artificial reefs, coral reef fisheries, and Marine Protected Area (MPA) planning efforts. I conducted these efforts in The Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos, Antigua, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Malaysia. I am also a retired (inactive) SCUBA Instructor (NAUI).

Why I Built This Web Site

I created this web site with the hope of providing visitors a concise, science-based overview of the main aspects of the structure, ecology, and marine life of coral reef ecosystems. My goal was to create an information source written for a general (i.e., non-scientist) readership.

I continue to review and update the material presented here at regular intervals to keep it current with the latest scientific findings.

William Alevizon, Ph.D., (Updated) November 2013


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