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Our next meeting is on Wednesday April 21st! Our Speaker is Mel Cundiff! Mel will be giving the next installment in his Coral Reef Critters series “The Echinoderms”. You won't want to miss this! This will be a large meeting as are doing a combined
meeting with the Underwater Phantaseas Dive Club. We are meeting at Café Del Sol this time.
WHEN:Wednesday April 21st , 2010
Mel’s talk will guide us through the general characteristics, distribution, and natural history of The Echinoderms. He will have us look at the symmetry, skeletal and vascular systems. Modeling for him will be the famous Sea Stars. A look into regeneration and reproduction will forever change the image we once had of these underwater wonders. Brittle Stars, Serpent Stars and Basket Stars – more of our famous diving buddies. Sea Urchins, Cake Urchins and Sand Dollars will make you shiver and say “Ahhh” on the very same dive. Sea Cucumbers - will Mel reveal the secret of the pearl fish? Join the famous dancers of the sea, the Crinoids and Feather Stars. By the end of this talk you will be an Echino fan – forget those cute dolphins!!!
Who is MEL CUNDIFF? He is a guy who has managed to combine Scuba Diving with his Employment. As Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at CU in Boulder, he also doubles as a Scuba Instructor. And wait until you read this: where he has been diving??? Bahamas. Canada (BC). Caribbean( Belize, Bonaire, Cayman Islands, Cozumel, Curacao, Puerto Rico, Roatan, St. John, St. Maarten, St. Thomas. Venezuela, Costa Rica), Fiji Islands, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Great Barrier Reef, Australia, Indonesia-north, south, east, Malaysia, Mexico: Pacific Coast, Caribbean/Gulf Coast, Micronesia: Palau (Belau), Truk (Chuuk), PNG-north, south, east, Philippines, Red Sea, Egypt, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Turks and Caicos, United States: CA, CO, FL, HI, MA, NE, NC, NM, WA.
His experiences include warm waters surrounding coral reefs; kelp beds in the Pacific Northwest and on a large number of wrecks. He has dived in cenotes, with manatees and dugongs, and in one of the world’s largest public aquaria. He will breathe off anything: surface-supplied air on hookah, Semi-Closed-Circuit Rebreathers not to mention air and nitrox. He has logged almost 2000 dives and administered 1100 SCUBA certifications including many specialties. His third double is a photographer with award winning photos. He also has to his credit contributions or publication including some of his photos in Dive Training, Alert Diver, Colorado-Wyoming Scientist, Colorado-Viewsfrom CU-Boulder, Diving Into Darkness: The Elements of Safe NightDiving, Between the Reefs, Underwater Universe and Who’s Whoin Scuba Diving.
Mel teaches advanced college-credit courses in Tropical Marine Ecology and Coral Reef Ecology—the latter course being taught in Cozumel, Mexico, to SCUBA-certified, seňor-level biology students. Each year he presents about four all-day, well-illustrated “Coral Reef Ecology” seminars to SCUBA-certified divers in the Colorado area. These seminars have been well received and, along with the coral reef ecology course, have been the focal point of some of his articles published. Now I ask you – where will he go next? Come to the meeting and he will invite you along. (Note: the above write up is stolen in total from the Colorado Underwater Photographic Society. Thanks for saving me time CUPS!)