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
Our Board Members:
Walsh Paper Distribution, Inc. based in Cerritos, California, 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.
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,
and a Guide to the Larvae of Caribbean
Reef Fishes (partially completed), 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.
Fernando is Executive Director of the Instituto
NAZCA de Investigaciones Marinas at Salinas,
Ecuador. A long-time expert
on the fishes of the Galapagos and Ecuador, he has extensively surveyed the coatsal ecosystems in the eastern Pacific Ocean.