Luiz Rocha is the Follett Chair of Ichthyology at the California Academy of Sciences. His major research interests include evolution, conservation, taxonomy, and community ecology of marine fishes. He has spent more than 5,000 hours underwater collecting and observing fishes, published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles, and his work has been featured in many popular media outlets, including the New York Times, Scientific American, and National Geographic magazine.
Larry Allen is an ichthyologist who is Professor of Biology at California State University, Northridge. He has mentored over 40 successful Master’s degree students, published more than 65 scientific papers, and taught a wide variety of courses, including Pelagic Organisms, Ichthyology, and Ecology of Marine Fishes. His research efforts since the 1970s have included biogeography and ecology of bay/estuarine and coastal marine fishes off California.
Kent Carpenter is a Professor of Biological Sciences at Old Dominion University. He is also Manager for the IUCN Marine Biodiversity Unit that directs the Global Marine Species Assessment. Additionally, he studies the evolution of fishes with an emphasis on those of Southeast Asia. Kent wrote and edited text, oversaw accuracy, taxonomy, nomenclature and provided essential research. In addition to teaching and conducting research, Kent also loves to scuba dive.
Val Kells is an expert Marine Science Illustrator with over 30 years of professional experience. She has worked with designers, educators, and curators to develop thousands of illustrations for interpretive and educational displays in public aquariums, museums, and nature centers. Her artwork has been displayed in over twenty aquariums. Val also collaborates with editors, researchers, coauthors and scientists, and her work has been published in numerous books and periodicals.