George D. BuckleyGeorge D. Buckley
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...George D. BuckleyGeorge D. Buckley Member of the Board of Directors of the Philippe Cousteau Foundation George D. Buckley
grew up in Arlington, Mass in a family that ran a milk company.As a high school student he began studying mollusk teeth called radula and worked for Dr. William Clench in the Mollusk dept. of the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology.
also came to work with Dr. Ruth D. Turner, the world's expert on Teredos-worm like clam relatives that eat wood in the sea and are called "Shipworms".During this time he became a SCUBA diver and began attending the Boston Sea Rover programs where he met Dr. Harold Edgerton of MIT and got to use some of the early underwater strobes.After college he continued to work with Ruth Turner and began teaching in the Watertown Public Schools where he serves as Coordinator of Science.About the same time he helped to form the Marine Ecology Project with Kenneth R.H.Read of Boston University, Bill Sargent and Zachary Zevitas of Science Network.He now serves as its Director.
The project has conducted field research and consulting around the world including work for NOVA-TV program "Sea Behind the Dunes" about Cape Cod's Pleasant Bay. Buckley
has led some twenty Earthwatch Expeditions to study bay ecology helping to gain protection for several marine environments.He
began teaching a course on Environmental Management in 1977 with air pollution expert John D. Spengler at the Harvard University Extension School
.That program has grown over the years to include his
highly popular Ocean Environments course in which Jack Chalk and Philippe Cousteau
have lectured and several other courses that now make up the Certificate in Environmental Management program at Harvard's DCE that he
now coordinates, several of these courses are available over the WEB as Distance Learning vehicles. In service to science and diving George has served as President and Board member of several organizations including the Boston Malacological Club (which studies mollusks ), the Arlington Conservation Association and the Boston Sea Rovers.He is also a Board of Directors member of the New England Aquarium.He
first met Philippe Cousteau
in 1996 when he
to the island of Bonaire on a research expedition.He
has been a close friend and trusted advisor of the family ever since.He
currently resides in Boston Mass.
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