How long have you been doing REEF surveys?
My first survey was in Grand Turk in November, 2002
When did you join the Golden Hamlet Club?
I did my 1,000th survey in Fiji in May, 2013
Where do you survey?
I started surveying in TWA, but I now do almost all my surveys in the tropical Pacific regions (primarily HAW, SOP and CIP).
Do you have a favorite fish or invertebrate? Why?
There are so many fish to choose from, but I'd have to say that the Mandarinfish is my favorite because its color pattern is so gorgeous and surreal.
What is your favorite thing about REEF and the Volunteer Survey Project?
Doing REEF surveys makes every dive a new adventure/challenge (how many fish can I find) while doing something good for the planet.
Tell us about your 1000th dive!
The trip to Fiji on which I did my 1,000th dive was also the trip on which I did my highest-count survey to date. 233 species in 85 minutes - that was a thrill!
Feel free to share anything else about yourself and your diving adventures!
I come from a long line of birders and, like them, love adding new species to my life list. I have even found some species which haven't been described yet (but didn't collect them, so they are still undescribed). One of the few things still on my bucket list is to have a fish named after me.