About Sean

Full Name: William Sean Chamberlin

Birthdate: February 16, 1956

Birthplace: West Palm Beach, Florida

Elementary School (1-6): Palmetto Elementary, West Palm Beach, FL

Junior High School (7-9): Conniston Jr. High, West Palm Beach, FL

High School (10-12): Forest Hill High School (The Falcons!), West Palm Beach, FL

Community College: Palm Beach Junior College (1973-1974), West Palm Beach, FL

Four-Year University: University of Washington (1974-1979, 1981-1983), Seattle, WA

Graduate: University of Southern California (1983-1989), Los Angeles, CA

Postgraduate: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, Palisades, NY

BA, Oceanography, 1979, University of Washington
BA, English, 1995 (officially awarded), University of Washington
PhD, 1989, University of Southern California

NAUI Certification, 1972, Norine Rouse Scuba, Inc., Riviera Beach, FL
Advanced NAUI Scuba Certification and Rescue Diver, 1996, Fullerton College, CA

Dissertation Title: Light Absorption, Natural Fluorescence and Photosynthesis in the Open Ocean

Employment History
1966-1968 Paper Boy, delivered newspapers; Palm Beach Times, WPB, FL
1968-1974 Lawn Maintenance Boy, mowed lawns; Self-employed, Palm Beach County, FL
1971-1974 Professional Musician (cello); played in orchestra and small ensembles;   Musician's Union, WPB, FL
1973-1974 Lab Technician, cleaned glassware, ran errands; Bio-Viro-D, Immunology Lab, WPB, FL
1974-1975 Lab Technician (work study), cleaned glassware, counted fruit flies; Dr. Gallo, Genetics Laboratory, UW, Seattle, WA
1975-1977 Lab Technician (work study), sampled intertidal; quantified macroalgal species; Dr. Ron Thom, Fisheries, UW
1977-1979 Lab Technician (work study), counted phytoplankton, assisted ocean expeditions; Dr. Mary Jane Perry, Oceanography, UW
1976-1978 Waiter, Cook; Saga Foods, Washington State Ferries, Seattle, WA
1978-1983 Ticket Seller, Washington State Ferry System, Anacortes, Port Townsend, Seattle, WA
1983-1985 Teaching Assistant, taught lab sections of General Ecology, Population Genetics, Man and His Environment; USC, Los Angeles, CA
1986-1989 Research Assistant, performed graduate research; Dr. Dale Kiefer, USC, Los Angeles, CA
1989-1991 Postdoctoral Research Scientists, performed ocean research; Dr. John Marra, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades, NY
1991-1992 Adjunct Professor, taught Oceanography and Marine Biology; University of Connecticut at Stamford, Stamford, CT
1991-1993 Marine Biologist, business development and marketing; Ecomarine USA, New York, NY
1993-1995 Product Manager-Biotechnology, business development, sales and marketing; Harvey Universal, Inc., Torrance, CA
1995-1996 Technical Editor, edit/write proposals and environmental reports; Groundwater Technology, Torrance, CA
1996-2021 Instructor, teach oceanography and field classes; Fullerton College, Fullerton, CA

Favorite California Places Visited:
Joshua Tree
Monterey Bay
Big Sur-US1
Gold Bluffs Beach, Humboldt Redwoods
Montana de Oro, Morro Bay
Death Valley
Lunada Bay-Point Vicente
Various places in the Sierras and San Gabriel Mountains
Jalama Beach

Favorite US Places Visited
Grand Canyon, AZ
Yellowstone National Park, WY
Devil's Monument, WY
Badlands, SD
Sliding Rock, NC
Okeefenokee Swamp, GA
Everglades, FL
Berkshires, MA
Palisades Park, NY
Basswood, MN
Olympic National Park, WA
Assateaugue, MD

Favorite International Places Visited:
Bahia Gonzaga, Baja California
Lisbon-Lagos, Portugal
Bergen-Oslo-Tromso, Norway
Rome-Sorrento-Venice, Italy
Tahiti-Moorea, Tuamotu Archipelago
Reykjavik, Iceland
Auckland, New Zealand
Weddell Sea, Antarctica
Barents Sea, Norway
Greenland Sea, Greenland
Azores, Portugal, Atlantic Ocean

Favorite Californa Cities Visited:
Los Angeles
San Francisco
Santa Barbara
Hermosa Beach

Favorite US Cities Visited
New York, NY
New Orleans, LA
Seattle, WA
Baltimore, MD
Washington, DC
Chicago, IL
Key West, FL
Boston, MA

Favorite International Cities Visited
Lisbon, Portugal
Rome, Italy
Oslo, Norway
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Reykjavik, Iceland
Mexico City, Mexico

Favorite colors: Blue and black

Pets: Two cats, Ariel and Leia; one green iguana, Juanita Carlita; one royal python, Shaman

Favorite animals: Killer whales, dolphins, red-tail hawks, ravens, bluefin tuna

Favorite plants: Any cactii, maiden-hair ferns, air plants, bird-of-paradise

Favorite trees: Magnolia trees, cottonwoods, coconut palms

Hobbies: Writing screenplays, plays, short stories and children's stories; web-mastering; dancing; listening to live DJs or bands; hiking; camping; rollerblading; mountain biking; traveling by car

Favorite old TV shows: Gilligan's Island, Bewitched, the Addams Family, Beverly Hillbillies, Man from UNCLE, My Favorite Martian, Mr. Ed, Night Gallery, Twilight Zone, Red Dwarf, Dr. Who, Battlestar Galactica, the Flinstones

Favorite modern TV shows:  Babylon 5, the Simpsons, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine

Favorite recent TV shows: Road Rules, South Park, I also like that show with the vampire cop

Favorite children's shows: Spongebob Squarepants, Pepperann, Pee Wee's Playhouse (he's back!! Mekalekahi, mekahineeho!)

Favorite old movies: Casablanca, Wizard of Oz, Ben-Hur, The Battle of Midway, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Motel Hell, High Plains Drifter, Vertigo

Favorite modern movies: Bladerunner, Alien, 2001, Terminator and Terminator II, A Boy and His Dog, Planet of the Apes, Empire Strikes Back, The Shining, The Pillow Book, The Abyss, Caddyshack, What About Bob, Point Break, Lost Highway, The Big Blue, Jurassic Park, White Squall, Naked Lunch, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Where the Day Takes You, Johns, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Austin Powers

Favorite recent movies: Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, Gods and Monsters, A Simple Plan, Saving Private Ryan, The Faculty, There's Something About Mary, Titanic, American History X, 

Favorite documentaries: Any shark week episode, From the Earth to the Moon

Favorite animé: Robotech (Macross), Megazone, Akira

Favorite actress: Sigourney Weaver, Jodie Foster, Laura Dern

Favorite actor: Jack Nicholson, Anthony Hopkins, Dennis Hopper

Favorite screenwriters: Kevin Williamson, David Lynch, Jim Jarmush, Peter Greenaway, William Goldman

Favorite directors: James Cameron, George Lucas, Stanley Kubrick, Ridley Scott

Favorite classic books: Moby-Dick by Herman Melville, Walden by Henry David Thoreau, Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov, 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke, Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny, Stormbringer by Michael Moorcock, Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Favorite modern books: The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice, Grandfather by Tom Brown, The Writer's Journey by Christopher Vogler

Favorite recent book: The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger

Favorite magazines: Discovery, National Geographic, Surfer, XY Magazine

Favorite online mags: Wired News, The Dominion

Favorite web sites: www.oceansonline.com, www.scifi.com, www.reel.com,

Favorite oldies groups: Pink Floyd, the Doors, Steppenwolf, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Byrds, Deep Purple, Ozzy Osborne, Lynrd Skynrd, the Allman Brothers, Earth Wind and Fire, Aerosmith

Favorite gothic bands: Sisters of Mercy, Joy Division, Bauhaus, Susie and the Banshees, Christian Death

Favorite punk bands: Husker Du, Gwar, Dead Kennedys, Sex Pistols, Flipper, Minor Threat

Favorite metal bands: Metallica, Megadeath, White Zombie

Favorite 80s bands: REM, the Cure, Midnight Oil, Nirvana, Jane's Addiction, Red Hot Chile Peppers, Faith No More, Depeche Mode

Favorite 90s Bands: Smashing Pumpkins, Moonwash, Boogie Monsters, Marilyn Manson, Smashmouth, Garbage

Favorite Radio Stations: KCRW, KXLU, KROQ, Y107, Mega100, Star and KNAC when they were on the air

Favorite DJs: DJ John Kelley, DJ Icey, DJ Hardware, DJ Dara, DJ Dan, DJ Carl Cox, DJ Orod

Favorite music: Dreamy trance, acid trance, break-beat, hip-hop, reggae, old gothic, rock and metal

Favorite sports to watch: Football, baseball, basketball, surfing, X-games (Tony Hawk's 900 was awesome!)

Favorite sports to play: Table tennis, bowling, basketball

Favorite teams: Miami Dolphins, Seattle Mariners, LA Lakers, FC Hornets Women's Basketball Team, Menlo College Women's Basketball Team (where Sporty now plays wing-girl)

Favorite philosophies: "Life is not a dress rehearsal"; "Your life is what your thoughts make it"; "Live in the beauty of the moment". "You're an all-star. Get your game on. Go play!"


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