WHEN I'M NOT
on research, teaching, or pondering the Internet, my
favorite thing is SCUBA diving. I'm a PADI
assistant instructor and an AAUS
scientific diver, affiliated with the California State University Ocean Studies Institute
(OSI). OSI is part of a consortium of universities that form the Southern California Marine Institute
(SCMI). In that capacity, I've been helping with data collection for work at the Zacherl Lab
, which is housed in the Department of Biological Science
, right here at Cal State Fullerton
Every week, I spend a few hours working as a dive volunteer at the Aquarium
of the Pacific in Long Beach, where I help feed the animals, clean the
exhibits, and give educational presentations on kelp and coral conservation.
I also volunteer with the California
Coastkeeper Alliance, and help "plant" Giant Kelp (macrocystis pyrifera)
as part of a Regional Kelp Forest Restoration Program along the Orange County coastline.
If you're interested in SCUBA diving, we have opportunities right here on campus. Check out our very own CSUF student organization, Titan Divers.
I love taking pictures of the
wonders of the deep – but of course, I see all the best stuff when my
camera's at home! You can view some of my favorite underwater pictures
(so far) by clicking on the thumbnails below.
More underwater pictures are available at http://www.witmercom.com.