OD Announces Advisory Board Members

Over the coming months we will create a new advisory board by seeking out like-minded individuals and groups representing a wide range of professional and educational backgrounds and expertise to assist us in our mission to protect our oceans. We are building a team to help us ‘educate and activate’ for healthy aquatic ecosystems free from human abuse and neglect.

The very aquatic environments we strive to protect comprise a diverse, interconnected system of unique organisms each playing an integral part in its overall function. Healthy aquatic ecosystems function as a whole -- at first glance it is not always evident how interconnected our underwater environment truly is, yet each and every different and unique component serves a vital role.

We have taken the same philosophical approach when considering Oceanic Defense's advisory board members. We are forming a group as diverse as the ocean and the many challenges we face in working to protect it.

We are pleased and honored to present the first members of our new advisory board.

Jeff Shaw
Founder | Executive Director

Advisory Board November 2009

Bill Bushing
Doctor of Philosophy PhD- Ecology, Evolution and Marine Ecology,
Dr. Bill as he is known received his undergraduate degree from Harvard and conducted scientific research with his major professor for eight years after graduation. He developed a 10-course field oriented science curruculum for his students when he taught at the Catalina Island School. During this time Bill also worked closely with Jean-Michel Cousteau, Dr. Richard Murphy, Dr. Sylvia Earle and others on Cousteau Institute educational programs. Bill later worked for Jacques Yves and Jean-Michel Cousteau on a two-hour TV documentary as part of their Rediscovery of the World documentary series.

[Read Dr. Bill's bio here]

Shaun Monson
Shaun Monson’s credits include the award-winning documentary Earthlings, which focuses on the suffering of animals used for food, fashion, pets, entertainment and medical research and is narrated by Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix. He is currently working on Unity, volume two of the trilogy. His comedy Bad Actors, a certified Dogme 95 film, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2001.

[Read Shaun's bio here]

Peter Kater
5 Time Grammy Nominated Composer
A multi-platinum selling Pianist/Composer/Producer who's received 5 Grammy Award nominations in the last 6 years. He's scored over 100 Television and Film Productions including 11 On and Off-Broadway dramatic plays. He's performed all over the world and is a proud recipient of the Environmental Leadership Award from the United Nations.

[Read Peter's bio here]

Annie Crawley
Producer, Photographer & Motivational Speaker
Annie AKA "OCEAN ANNIE" has become one of America’s leading ocean-environ educators. Founder of www.DiveIntoYourImagination.com, her company changes the way a new generation views the ocean. As an underwater cinematographer and educator, Annie has created a series of award winning books, DVDs, motivational art series and has become a Les Brown Platinum Speaker.

[Read Annie's bio here]

About Oceanic Defense:

A worldwide nonprofit Florida based organization with members in over 60 countries, spanning 6 continents, with 1 mission: Healthy aquatic ecosystems free from human abuse and neglect.

Our mantra is "Activation Through Education". We empower people by giving them the tools they need to protect our oceans by taking personal responsibility for their actions.

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visit our official website: http://www.oceanicdefense.org


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