Dr. Raymond Wells, Professor of Biology, received his Ph.D. in marine ecology from the University of Southern California.  Dr. Wells' research and teaching have taken him thorough Baja California, Sonora, Veracruz and the Yucatan, Mexico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Belize, Central America.  He is an expert on the Gulf of California, having been involved in research and teaching in the Gulf for over 25 years.  He has conducted research on the kelp forests of Catalina Island and Caribbean coral reefs, the latter while living underwater as an aquanaut in the NOAA Hydrolab program.  Dr. Wells  is a research fellow of the California State University Ocean Studies Institute.

Professor Stephen Lee, Earth Science Department, trained as a geologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, and has a specialty in physical oceanography.  Professor Lee has extensive experience in satellite remote sensing technology and brings his expertise into his teaching of physical oceanography.  He has given invited presentations at meetings sponsored by the National Science Foundation on his use of digital data sets in oceanography in the teaching of oceanography.