About the author

RICHARD C. MURPHY, Ph.D., is a marine biologist, educator, writer, and photographer. His association with Jacques-Yves Cousteau and his son, Jean-Michel, began in 1968. As chief scientist and expedition researcher, he has worked in some of the most remote regions of the world studying how ecosystems function and how humans interact with the natural system. Richard is presently Vice President of Science and Education for Ocean Futures Society. His focus is sustainable development and ecotourism in developing countries and the creation of environmental educational programs for young people. Drawing on more than 30 years of exploration and study of a wide variety of ecosystems and cultures, Dr. Murphy states, “I believe a better understanding of how nature works can promote a better appreciation of the value of our natural heritage and help guide the next generation in living more sustainably on the planet..” He is physically as well as intellectually dedicated to the sea and his passions include diving, surfing, water skiing, and kite boarding.