MCRI is overseen by a Board of Directors consisting of scientists, business leaders, and other interested parties and supporters to help guide the organization and its research goals and objectives.
MCRI Board of Directors
Dr. Laurel Breece is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at Long Beach City College. Dr. Breece has extensive experience in both terrestrial and underwater archaeology.
Dirk Burcham has over 30 years of experience in the fields of Biology and Business. He has worked as a Wildlife Biologist and has held management positions in the wholesale distribution industry.
For more than 40 years, James Fawcett has been a man with one foot on land and the other in the sea. As a faculty member and researcher in the fields of marine and urban policy at the University of Southern California, he directs Marine Science and Policy Outreach for the Sea Grant Program, a unit of USC’s Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies. He holds concurrent appointments as adjunct associate professor in USC’s Price School of Public Policy and the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, teaching in the areas of public policy and environmental policy.
Robert S. Grove is accomplished in designing and implementing scientific projects dealing with coastal oceanography, kelp habitat restoration, artificial reefs, nearshore processes, wetland habitat restoration, and marine environmental impact assessment. Mr. Grove has been an Ocean Science Instructor at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena since 2001. From 1973 to 2013 he was Senior Scientist, Research Scientist and Oceanographer for Southern California Edison and has served as an independent consultant on Oceanography, Artificial Reefs, Habitat Enhancement, Nearshore Marine Monitoring, and Coastal Processes since 1999.
Dr. Roy Houston is professor emeritus of biology at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles, where he was in charge of the marine biology program. At LMU he taught various courses in marine biology and marine ecology. Dr. Houston is also the founder and director of the Loyola Marymount University Baja California Biological Station which is located south of San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico. Every summer for over twenty-nine years he gave an upper division field course called Marine Ecology of Baja California and has published a field guide on the natural history of desert and marine life in the area. In addition, Dr. Houston is on the visiting faculty of the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences where he teaches Tropical Marine Ecology and has been involved with coral reef monitoring projects. Dr. Houston and his LMU students have been active in local underwater research projects along the coast of California and Baja California.
Dr. Kamer is the Director of the California State University (CSU) Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology (COAST), the umbrella organization for marine and coastal-related research and educational activities within the CSU. She received her doctorate in Biology from UCLA in 2000 and was a staff scientist at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP) from 2000-2003.
Lee B. Kats, professor of biology and Frank R. Seaver Chair in Natural Science, has taught at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California for seventeen years. He currently serves as the associate provost for research. He received his Ph.D. in animal ecology from the University of Kentucky in 1990. He has published numerous research articles on amphibian ecology and conservation ecology and has served on the Board of Editors for the scientific journal Conservation Biology since 1996.
Dr. Laura Kingsford is the dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM) at California State University, Long Beach. After receiving her Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Utah, she did postdoctoral research in molecular animal virology at the University of Virginia. Since joining the faculty at CSULB in 1980, she has served as chair of the Department of Biological Sciences for eight years and now as the dean of the college.
Dr. Jerry Schubel has served as president and CEO of the Aquarium of the Pacific since 2002. He has worked throughout his professional life at the interfaces of science, management, and policy on ocean issues and has published more than 225 scientific papers. In 2015 Dr. Schubel was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the California Ocean Science Trust. He is also a member of the Science Advisory Panel for California’s Ocean Protection Council.
Starting in 1973, Dr. Weaver began designing and building closed aquaculture systems with the intent of creating the technology necessary to build a business that can compete with existing Asian tropical fish producers. This business produced over 20,000,000 fish per year for the research and pet markets in highly automated recycle system (both fresh water and marine).
Thomas W. Turney is an investment banker with NewCap Partners, Inc., a Los Angeles-based investment bank specializing in mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions and corporate finance transactions in the greater China region. Turney has been with NewCap Partners, Inc. since its founding in 1987.