John Lucas and Teresa Turner

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Teresa and John in the Blue Mountains, New  South Wales, Australia 1999 

After graduating from Torrance High School in California, John majored in and received his degree in Biological Science and Earth and Marine Sciences from California State University at Dominguez Hills. After college, he first worked as a naturalist and aquarist for the Cabrillo Marine Museum in San Pedro California.

In 1975 John moved to Monterey California to be with Teresa Turner as she began her graduate studies at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML) after receiving her first degree (B.A. In Biological Science) from the Michigan State University's Honors program. While in Monterey John worked in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School district teaching science, math and reading to 4th and 5th grade students as well as working with Antarctic benthic infauna at MLML.

After receiving her M.A. In Marine Biology from MLML, Teresa began her doctoral studies in Marine Community Ecology at Oregon State University, working with Dr. Bruce Menge and Dr. Jane Lubchenco While in Corvallis John and Teresa were married. While Teresa pursued her dissertation John had a variety of employments including: computer sales, counselor and research assistant. He also spent a year at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, carrying out research for Drs. Menge and Lubchenco in Marine Community Ecology.

After receiving her Ph.D. Teresa got a position at the University of the Virgin Islands Division of Science and Math. She is now a full professor of Marine Biology and Director of Minority Access to Research Careers programs at UVI. She has conducted research on marine natural products and on the impact of artificial reefs on seagrass communities and is beginning research on sea urchin – coral reef interactions.

Until recently John was the Network Manager for the University of the Virgin Islands. He retired in 2005. While at UVI he was the prime mover in bringing the Internet to not only UVI, but to the territory of the Virgin Islands (in 1993). He now looks forward to returning to Marine Biology and working with Teresa on her research and does volunteer  work with schools.

John and Teresa enjoy travel and have visited London, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Australia, Cuba, Panama, as well as the many places in the Caribbean, Canada and the Hawaiian Islands. We make it back to the continental US once or twice a year.

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