OF THE MONTH
Dr. Raymond Wells
Raymond Wells is the mentor of Pierce's extensive Marine Biology Program and a Professor
in the Life Science Department. Born to a pioneering
working for his M.S. degree in Biology, he commuted by ferry to Catalina Island
each Friday night, camping at a cove in a tent through the weekend, and returning
to the mainland each Monday. He eventually was given laboratory space at the
of this hard work paid off in research publications - published even before
his Master's thesis was accepted - and in acceptances at several universities
for doctoral studies. Because he wanted to be close to his son Aaron, he chose
the program at USC. While pursuing his doctoral work, Raymond did field research
in Catalina, in the
Wells taught field classes in the
for us, Dr. Wells did return to bring his vast field and teaching experience
Examples of these field courses (where students study on a research ship and make field observations while snorkeling) include: (1) Marine Ecology: Kelp Forests of Catalina Island (Biology 11A); (2) Marine Ecology of the Rocky Intertidal Environment of the of the Punta Banda, Baja California (Biology 11B); (3) Marine Ecology of the Wetland Environment of the of the Punta Banda, Baja California (Biology 11C); (4) Marine Biology of the Gulf of California in Bahia de los Angeles, Baja California, Mexico (Biology 123 - Summer); and (5) Directed Studies in Marine Ecology, Bahia de los Angeles, Baja California, Mexico (Biology 123- Summer).
Wells' expertise in Marine Biology has earned him a position on the Cabrillo
Aquarium Board of Scientific Advisors, on a National Science Foundation (NSF)
board consulting on teaching and research in the
In addition to all of his work in the Pierce College Life Science Department and Marine Biology Program, Dr. Wells was Chair of the Professional Development Committee and in the Pierce College Academic Senate for 14 years. He lives near the ocean with his wife Dayna and their two children, Graham and Delaney, and has two grown children Aaron and Jenn, and a granddaughter, Kai.
For his invaluable contributions to Marine Biology education and Pierce College, the Professional Development Committee is proud to elect Dr. Raymond Wells our Professor of the Month.