About Me

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David J. Evans

I am a Marine Biologist. 

I received my degree at Texas A&M University, Galveston, a top-rated school located on a mud-fill island in Galveston Bay just south of Houston on the Gulf of Mexico.

As a Marine Biologist, I worked on environmental projects around the world. Among them were transplanting seagrasses in the Caribbean, assessing the "health" of coral reefs and fish populations in the Indian Ocean, recording the status of fish and endangered species in the murky waters of Pearl Harbor, and counting one fish two fish red fish blue fish at the spectacular reefs of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in the northern Gulf of Mexico.

My work also included  producing reports on marine fishes and fisheries. I assembled comprehensive fishery data and summaries on all fishing activities from the Gulf of Maine to the Gulf of Mexico, the US Caribbean, California, Alaska, Hawaii, and Japan. I also analyzed and assessed the fish populations of the Flower Garden Banks for the years 2002 through 2005. And in 2006, I published a paper in the Proceedings of the 10th International Coral Reef Symposium on the fish populations of the shallow reefs of Vieques and Culebra Islands, Puerto Rico. 

In 2004, I produced a report enlightening the US Navy as to the true nature of a shipwreck located at one of their bombing ranges in the Caribbean. It turned out that what the Navy had been calling a sunken barge for years was in fact the aft section of the honorable USS Killen DD593, a Fletcher Class Destroyer that earned several Battle Stars for brave service in the Pacific Theater during World War II and then went on to become a test subject at the Pacific Nuclear Proving Grounds in the 1950's.

I believe that the most important job to protecting and understanding coral reefs and all marine environments is the ability to break that seemingly fragile yet extremely durable meniscus barrier, the thin boundary layer at the surface edges of the seas that separates our conscious and everyday awareness from the realms existing below. The trick is finding tools to help us connect the abstract with the real.

In working for clients, I also believe that delivering and reporting the true facts on the ground for use in long term planning is more important than making them happy with a thin shiny coating for the present. And providing support for preferred narratives, being nothing more than hired sycophants, is just not acceptable. 

I first became interested in Photography when my sister gave me an old set of 35mm SLR cameras and lenses and I first became enchanted with all things sunken when I sank my little plastic toy boat in a backyard pond in Haarlem, the Netherlands.

CV                    Publications &  Reports

a) after seagrass surveys, Vieques 2002; b) transplanting seagrasses, Vieques 2005; c) checking salinity with a refractometer, GTMO 2003

a) checking for a PIT tag on a dead seaturtle, GTMO; b) downloading data after a day of surveys

a) "shooting" a GPS entry in the DG lagoon; b) driving the pontoon boat on Guantanamo Bay

a) dive site on a leeward beach, GTMO 2003; b) survey site off a Culebra islet

Fish surveys and coral cover surveys at GTMO and Vieques 2003

a) presenting the wreckage of the USS Killen; b) surveying remains of the USS Killen

a) planning a survey dive GTMO; b) programming Hydrolab water monitor DG; c) and GTMO

a) "shooting" a GPS site GTMO 2003; b) teaching GTMO kids about GPS; c) terrestrial habitat surveys on a natural rock bridge GTMO 2004

Ready for a fish survey dive at the Flower Gardens Banks National Marine Sanctuary, 2005

Home, my shore away from the shore; and sailing White Rock Lake in 2007