Some call them webinars. We call 'em Fishinars!
Fishie fun in the comfort of your own home. Great for first-timers or those wanting a review. These short, free webinars will teach you the finer points of identifying fish and invertebrates underwater.
Fishinar Cheat Sheets
(this is where you'll find the lists of fish taught in each session,
and can download and print them out. Great study aid!)
View Our Fishinar Archive Listing
Jump directly down to the bottom of the page to see the huge list of past fishinars that have been recorded and are available for viewing
Get ready for the 2014 ScubaBoard invasion of Roatan, this year at Anthony's Key Resort. Learn how to identify 25 of the fish you'll most likely see on your dives there. Learn how to conduct a REEF survey so you can give it a whirl and have fun at the same time!
Everyone invited, whether part of the ScubaBoard gang or not. The more the merrier!
Instructor: Jonathan Lavan
Tuesday, March 20th at 8pm Eastern time - Register
In this session, you'll not only learn how to tell an Angelfish from a Butterflyfish, but you'll learn how to identify some of the common residents of the reef.
Instructor: Jonathan Lavan
Tuesday, April 1st (no joke!) at 8pm Eastern time - Register
Alaskan artist Ray Troll will talk about a few of the more intriguing fish that have inspired him over the course of his long and very fishy career. He’ll touch on living and extinct members of the vertebrate tribe and show examples of his work.
From his tree lined studio, high on a hill above the Tongass Narrows in rain-swept Ketchikan Alaska, Ray Troll draws & paints fishy images that migrate into museums, books and magazines and onto t-shirts sold around the planet. Basing his quirky, aquatic images on the latest scientific discoveries, Ray brings a street-smart sensibility to the worlds of ichthyology & paleontology.
Ray moved to Alaska in 1983 to spend a summer helping his big sister Kate start a seafood retail store. The fish store is long gone but Ray is not. There's something about Alaska that has led four of the Troll siblings to call the state ‘home’.
Ray earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas in 1977 and an MFA in studio arts from Washington State University in 1981. In 2008 he was awarded an honorary doctorate in fine arts from the University of Alaska Southeast. In 2007 he was given a gold medal for ‘distinction in the natural history arts’ by the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia and in 2006 was given the Alaska Governor’s award for the arts. In 2011 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship along with Dr. Kirk Johnson for their book project ‘Cruisin the Eternal Coastline: West Coast Fossils from Baja to Barrow’. A month after that award Ray was also given the Rasmuson Distinguished Artist Award.
Troll's unique blend of art and science culminated in his traveling exhibit, "Dancing to the Fossil Record," a major show that opened at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco in 1995. The huge exhibit included Ray's original drawings, gigantic fossils, fish tanks, murals, an original soundtrack, a dance floor an interactive computer installation and the infamous “Evolvo” art car. In 1997 the exhibit traveled to the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport and in 1998 it hit the streets of Philadelphia at the Academy of Natural Sciences. The tour ended in 1999 at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. By that time it had grown to 14,000 square feet.
Ray followed that tour a few years later with "Sharkabet, a Sea of Sharks from A to Z". Venues included the Science Museum of Minnesota , the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, the Alaska State Museum and the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana.
Ray went on to act as the art director for the Miami Museum of Science’s Amazon Voyage traveling exhibit and now has another touring show based on his book Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway with Dr. Kirk Johnson. He has illustrated and co-authored eleven books over the course of his career.
He and his wife Michelle run the Soho Coho gallery in Ketchikan appropriately situated in an old historic house of ill repute located on a salmon spawning stream. Ray believes that everyone should be in a band regardless of talent or ambition. Holding true to that ethic he leads a band of musical renegades called the Ratfish Wranglers.
He has appeared on the Discovery Channel, lectured at Cornell, Harvard and Yale, shown work at the Smithsonian and has even had a fish named after him (a New Zealand species of ratfish called Hydrolagus trolli). Not too shabby for a t-shirt wearing kinda’ guy.
Presenter: Ray Troll
Wednesday, April 16th at 7pm Pacific time - Register
Most of us lead drab and colorless lives as drones and cogs in faceless organizations. With his tales of research around southern California oil and gas platforms, Milton (only his wife calls him Dr. Love) will enter your world like a bright and fanciful rainbow, or a swatch of William Morris wallpaper, or perhaps one of those Baratza espresso makers that look like something out of a caffeine-induced fantasy.
Dr. Milton Love is a research biologist at the Marine Science Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara. He has conducted research on the marine fishes of California for over 40 years and is the author of over 90 publications on the fishes of the Pacific Coast and has written such books Certainly More Than You Want to Know About the Fishes of the Pacific Coast, A Guide to the Rockfishes, Thornyheads, and Scorpionfishes of the Northeast Pacific, and The Rockfishes of the Northeast Pacific. For the past 18 years, and using a manned research submersible, Dr. Love has carried out surveys of the fish populations living around natural reefs and oil/gas platforms throughout the southern California Bight.
Proving that you can fool some of the people all of the time, in 2007 the American Fisheries Society awarded Dr. Love the Carl R. Sullivan Award for Conservation Resources.
Presenter: Milton Love
RESCHEDULED for Tuesday, April 22nd at 7pm Pacific time - Register
This session will help you differentiate between many of the wrasses you see when diving/snorkeling in Hawaii.
Instructors: Heather George, Donna Brown, and Liz Foote
Tuesday, May 13th at 7pm Pacific time - Register
This seminar will provide an everything-you-need-to-know basic introduction to reef-building corals, including their structure, function, and how to identify them. The coralinar will also cover common threats to corals as well as how to identify when corals are stressed and diseased.
Marilyn Brandt, Ph.D., is a Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Marine and Environmental Studies and the College of Science and Mathematics, University of the Virgin Islands. Her research focuses on understanding the dynamics and impact of disease and other mortality sources on future trajectories of coral reefs. She is an instructor and graduate advisor in the UVI Masters of Marine and Environmental Science Program as well as a mentor for undergraduate research projects in the Department of Biology. Marilyn earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from New York University in 2001 and went on to receive her Ph.D. in Marine Biology and Fisheries from the Rosenstiel School at the University of Miami in 2007. She has worked extensively with the Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment (AGRRA) program in several parts of the Caribbean, training local scientists and managers in reef health assessment methods. She has also published multiple scientific articles on coral health and disease and developed the first simulation model applied to coral disease spread.
Instructor: Marilyn Brandt
Thursday, May 29th at 8pm Eastern time - Register
Meet the Andys! Andy Lamb from the Pacific Northwest, and Andy Martinez, from New England. Both are renowned marine life authors and naturalists. Andy Martinez is well-known for his "Marine Life of the North Atlantic". Andy Lamb has written several books, notably "Coastal Fishes of the Pacific NW" and "Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest". Both are beloved resources and we're so lucky to have them both with us for this exceptional Fishinar.
Presenters: Andy Lamb and Andy Martinez
Thursday, June 19th at 8pm Eastern time (5pm Pacific time) - Register
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