Ocean Science Foundation      

The Ocean Science Foundation (OSF) was founded in 2001 as a non-profit 501 (C)(3) organization. The Board comprises members from scientific, governmental, and business backgrounds, all sharing an interest in promoting field research in tropical marine ecosystem

Our Board Members:

George Walsh

President of Walsh Paper Distribution, Inc. of Westminster CA, George has studied engineering and has a strong interest in oceanography and marine biology. He has been an instrumental part of scientific expeditions to the Sea of Cortez.

Chris Caldow

Chief of the Biogeography Branch at the National Ocean Service Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (NOAA), Chris supervises federal surveys and research on US tropical shore environments, especially in Florida, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of Houston, his post-graduate research examined reef fish populations in the Galapagos Islands and the Caribbean.

Benjamin Victor

Scientific Director of OSF, Ben's research focuses on coral reef fish taxonomy and ecology, especially the application of DNA barcoding to taxonomy and biodiversity studies and the larval ecology of reef fishes. His projects and publications, as well as the new Guide to the Larvae of Caribbean Reef Fishes, are available at his website coralreeffish.com. In addition to being a marine fish biologist, Ben is an MD pathologist and directs several medical laboratories in Los Angeles, CA. He received his PhD in marine biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1986, followed by an MD from the University of California, Irvine and then completed his residency in Pathology at Stanford University and UC Irvine.

Mike Orencia

Mike is a graduate of the University of Michigan as well as an MBA from the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine. He has managed the business affairs of OSF since 2001 and is particularly interested in the application of information technology to the functioning of non-profits.

Fernando Rivera

An expert on the fishes of the Galapagos and Ecuador, Fernando is Executive Director and supervises surveys of coastal ecosystems at the Instituto NAZCA de Investigaciones Marinas at Salinas, Ecuador.

Anjalee Gonyea

As Manager of the office, Anjalee manages the daily affairs of the Foundation. She attends the California State University at Long Beach, and has an interest in international business as well as marine biology.

Jessica Root

As our Senior Project Manager, Jessica evaluates potential projects and manages the planning procedure. Jessica is presently studying at the University of Central Missouri and has a long-standing interest in journalism, marine biology, and evolutionary biology.

Leah Smith & Autumn Gries

As a Project Managers, Leah and Autumn will be evaluating potential projects and researching methods and plans. Autumn lives in Cypress, TX and Leah lives in Kansas City, MO and both are presently attending college and have an interest in the ecology of the ocean and conservation.



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