Financials & Leadership
Paul Forestell, PhD
Paul is a tenured Professor of Psychology at Long Island University (LIU) who has served as Program Coordinator and Dean of Undergraduates at the former Southampton campus; and as associate Dean and Provost at LIU Post.
He is currently Long Island University Dean of Service Learning and Experiential Education, and is responsible for expanding and promoting service learning and other forms of experiential education (e.g. co-ops, internships, community service, study abroad, and undergraduate research experiences) throughout the university. Paul is especially focused on the development of international academic programs that promote student participation in community service settings overseas, including LIU Global sites around the world.
In addition to teaching and administrative positions at LIU, he has taught at the University of New Brunswick (Canada), University of Hawaii, Selkirk College (Canada), and the School for Field Studies (Beverly, MA). As an expert in marine mammal distribution and behavior, he has participated in numerous scientific workshops and government advisory groups dealing with whales, dolphins, ocean resources and science education.
Paul is the author or co-author of 10 books and book chapters, 21 peer-reviewed articles and nearly 70 symposium reports, contract reports, scientific papers, and conference posters. He has delivered many science and public interest presentations at venues around the world, and has been a news reference for media in the US, Canada, Japan, Germany, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Australia concerning whales, dolphins, marine environments, and higher education.
Eric Brown PhD, MS
Eric is a Marine Ecologist for Kalaupapa National Historical Park on the island of Moloka’i. He is a former Marine Research Contractor for Hawaii Wildlife Fund (HWF) and other agencies, Habitat Research Specialist for the State of Hawaii’s Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR), Marine Science Advisor for Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission (KIRC), and Graduate Research Assistant and Database Manager on the Coral Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program (CRAMP) for the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB).
Eric has a PhD in Zoology from the University of Hawaii – Honolulu, where he studied spatial and temporal differences in reef coral populations. He also holds a Master’s in Biology from Texas A&M and Bachelor’s in Marine Biology from Occidental College. He has served as an advisory board member for the ‘Āhihi-Kīna’u working group, coral survey research assistant, dive supervisor, and water quality principal Investigator. Eric was also a Senior Research Associate and Coral Reef Research Director at Pacific Whale Foundation.
Eric has taught a range of Marine Biology related courses, and he holds numerous Diving Certifications. He is a member of the International Society for Reef Studies, American Geophysical Union, George Wright Society, and Hawaii Conservation Alliance. Eric was named the 2014 National Park Service (Pacific West Region) Research Scientist of the Year.
Kevin Wood, PhD, MS
Kevin obtained his Ph.D. in Operations Research from the University of California at Berkeley, where he studied combinatorial optimization, network and system reliability, computer science, and statistics. He also holds a Master’s degree in Operations Research from Columbia University and Bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from the University of Portland.
Kevin is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Operations Research Department, at the Naval Postgraduate School, where he formerly served as Associate Dean of Research. He is the recipient of the AIAA Homeland Security Award, Naval Postgraduate School Research Recognition Award, and Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation.
Kevin has authored or co-authored over 50 scientific publications. He is fluent in Swedish and lives in Monterey, CA.