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John McCoskerPhoto from California Academy of Sciences

Dr. John McCosker most recently was featured in Al Giddings and David Clark's television documentary Galapagos: Beyond Darwin, and has worked with both filmmakers on other documentary projects. He has served as an advisor for BBC Television's The World Around Us and for the Walt Disney Network's The Nature of Things. His research was featured in the BBC and NOVA television special Jaws, The True Story.

Since 1995, Dr. McCosker has held the position of Senior Scientist at the California Academy of Sciences, which is based in San Francisco, California. He joined the Cal Academy in 1973 as Superintendent of the Steinhart Aquarium and then served as the Aquarium's Director from 1976 through 1994. From 1988 through 1989, and again in 1995, he worked as the California Academy of Sciences' Interim Executive Director.

He has participated in or led research projects and expeditions to the Antarctic, Australia, southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, Central and South America, the Galapagos, and Israel. He is an expert in ichthyology (the branch of zoology that deals with fishes), and, after extensive study and ten expeditions to the Islands, is one of the foremost experts on Galapagos.

His research interests include: the evolution and behavior of snake eels and moray eels, the evolution and community structure of eastern Pacific reef fish assemblages, the biology and systematics of Galapagos shore fishes, and the biology of the white shark and the coelacanth.

Dr. McCosker earned his bachelor of arts from the Occidental College in Los Angeles in 1967, and then received his Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California in 1973. He is also a trustee of the Ocean Trust Foundation, the Bolinas Lagoon Foundation and the Oceanic Society. He is author or co-author of 180 technical and popular articles as well as fine books and monographs.

Link to John's web page at the California Academy of Sciences: http://www.calacademy.org/science/heroes/jmccosker/


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