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.