We just had our second speaker accept. So here is the lineup so far: Charles DelBeek
J. Charles Delbeek is Senior Aquatic Biologist at the California Academy of Sciences' Steinhart Aquarium. Reopened on September 27th, 2008 the highlight of the Aquarium is a 212,000 gallon live reef display. His professional interests include the ecology and captive husbandry of marine fishes, corals, aquatic plants and cephalopods. In addition to writing a monthly reef aquarium column for Aquarium Fish Magazine and Coral Magazine, he has co-authored three popular aquarium books with Julian Sprung, The Reef Aquarium series, considered by many to be the definitive works in the field. Charles is also principal of JCD Consulting, www.jcdaquariumdesign.com Mike deGruy
An award-winning filmmaker and television host specializing in natural history and underwater programming, deGruy’s 25+ year career has allowed him to produce and film in the world's most remote and spectacular locations. deGruy founded the Santa Barbara based Production Company, The Film Crew, Inc., in 1979. The Film Crew houses full production and post-production facilities.
Mike deGruy has a BS in Marine Zoology and three years of a PhD program in Marine Biology at the University of Hawaii. He sits on three boards in Santa Barbara and speaks frequently in International venues.
Mike has been involved in the production of over 20 films including Tempest From the Deep, Blue Planet, Pacific Abyss, and Last Mysteries of the Titanic. Mike has also been the recipient of over 30 National and International awards including multiple EMMY's.