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Full Name: William Sean Chamberlin

Nicknames: Uncle Buck, Homey G Money Clip, Seany, Sean-Boy, Dr. Sean

Birthdate: February 16, 1956

Birthplace: West Palm Beach, Florida

Height: 5' 10"

Weight: 170 lbs.

Eyes: Ocean Blue

Hair: Brown and grey (and blond and black and red and green at times)

Parent's Names: Ruth and Bill

Siblings: Kerry (bro), Colleen (sis) and Laurie (sis)

Nieces: Hope, Nikki, Tera, Erin

Nephews: Mo (who just changed his name to Sean), Kacey and our newest member, Gavin

In-laws: Helen and sometimes others

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), 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; 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 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
2002-2003 Consultant, web development and script writing for The Endless Voyage, Intelecom, Pasadena, CA
2002-2003 Consultant, collaboratory development, Bigelow Marine Laboratories
, West Boothbay Harbor, Maine
2003-2003 Instructor, Bamfield Marine Station, Vancouver Island, Canada
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
and believe it or not, Las Vegas, NV

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 purple

Pets: Two cats, Ariel and Leia, aka Kee-Kee and Kee-Kah, one koi fish named Nancy

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

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

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 homemade foods: Homemade pizza, fresh oranges, BBQ corn-on-the-cob, veggie tacos, chips and salsa

Favorite fast food stands: In-and-Out (veggie burger animal style), Taco Bell (veggie fajita)

Favorite breakfast restaurant: The Pantry in downtown LA

Favorite Mexican restaurant: El Farolito in Placentia

Favorite Italian restaurant: DeFalcos in Fullerton

Favorite local pizza joint: Michaelangelos and Buca di Bepo

Favorite off-the-freeway restaurant: Pismo Fish and Chips near the pier in Pismo Beach; the Shake Shack at Crystal Cove

Favorite soft drinks: Jolt, Henry Weinhardt's Vanilla Cream, Grape Crush, ice-chilled Coke in an 8-oz bottle

Favorite coffee shops: Starbucks at the corner of Imperial and Brea where I first met the love of my life, the old Winged Heart Cafe in Fullerton, a couple cool coffee shop-bookstores in Redondo Beach

Favorite drink out on the town: Cranberry juice and soda water with a lime twist

Once-Favorite clubs: Velvet in Hollywood, the old Thursday nights with Jason Blakemore at Metropolis, Saturday night at the Boom-Boom Room, although I don't go to clubs much these days

Favorite weekday activities: Writing in the mornings, going to the beach or rollerblading in the afternoon

Favorite weeknight activities: Going to the movies,  grunion hunting, surfing the Web

Favorite weekend activities: All night dance parties, camping in the desert, hiking in the mountains, rollerblading on the strand in Hermosa Beach, going on trips

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

Favorite modern TV shows: La Femme Nikita (she rocks!), Babylon 5, the Simpsons, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine

Favorite recent TV shows: Alias, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Boston Public, West Wing

Favorite children's shows: SpongeBob Squarepants, Teletubbies

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, The Birds, Jason and the Argonauts, Blue Hawaii, Valley Girl

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: Charlie's Angels, Finding Nemo, Pirates of the Caribbean (scarfs off to Johnny Depp), Lord of the Rings, The Beach, Erin Brockovich, Sleepy Hollow, American Beauty, A Simple Plan, Saving Private Ryan, The Faculty, There's Something About Mary, Titanic, American History X

Favorite anim: Robotech (Macross), Megazone, Akira

Favorite actress: Peta Wilson, Sigourney Weaver, Jodie Foster, Laura Dern

Favorite actor: Roy DuPuis, Jack Nicholson, Anthony Hopkins, Dennis Hopper, Nicholas Cage

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, The Pearl by John Steinbeck

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

Favorite recent book: Harry Potter, Bambi, Stickeen

Favorite magazines: Discovery, National Geographic, Surfer, Gay Times (UK)

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: Go-Gos, REM, the Cure, Midnight Oil, Nirvana, Jane's Addiction, Red Hot Chile Peppers, Faith No More, Depeche Mode

Favorite 90s Bands: Moonwash, Red Aunts, Blink 182, Smashing Pumpkins, Boogie Monsters, Marilyn Manson, Smashmouth, Garbage, RX Bandits, Pink, NSYNC

Favorite 00s Bands: Mandalay, Hooverphonics, Go-Gos, Danny Tenaglia, Nortec Collection, Goldenboy, Dixie Chicks

Favorite Radio Stations: KCRW, KXLU, KBPK, KISS, Star and KNAC when they were on the air

Favorite DJs: DNA Trance, DJ John Kelley, DJ Icey, DJ Hardware, DJ Dara, DJ Dan, DJ Carl Cox, DJ Orod, DJ Larsiman, DJ Irene

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

Favorite kickaround clothes: A&F cargo shorts, Jeans, any T-shirt, Vans, Sliders sunglasses, Fullerton College baseball cap, Structure boxers

Favorite rave clothes: Split pants, Spyder long-sleeve T, sliver and black Nose tennis shoes, yellow Handy Andy work gloves, teletubbies beanie, lots of rainbow beads, glow-in-the-dark Joe Boxers

Favorite dress-up clothes: Levi Jeans, Perry Ellis white button-up knit shirt, black Doc Martin dress shoes, Stefano Milano tie, Perry Ellisboxers

Favorite sports to watch: X-games, football, baseball, basketball, any live surfing-skating-bmxing

Favorite sports to play: Table tennis, bowling, basketball

Favorite teams: Miami Dolphins, Seattle Mariners, LA Lakers, FC Hornets Women's Basketball Team

Favorite toothpaste: Crest Fresh Mint Gel Tartar Protection

Favorite shampoo: Aveda Blue Malva

Favorite soap: Oil of Olay pink bath bar

Favorite candy: Blow-pops, Red Vines, Heath Bars

Favorite philosophies: "Life is not a dress rehearsal"; "Your life is what your thoughts make it"; "Live in the beauty of the moment".

Favorite words: cool, whatever, just kickin it, that's dope

Best-kept secret: Won two Citizenship awards in Junior High School, President of the Science Club in High School (translate: nERd!)

Best moment of my life: Spending three weeks aboard Calypso and meeting Jacques Cousteau

Best friends: Sporty Spice, Randy T, Bob B., Maureen C., Rick R., Mike L., Gwen T and Chris B, Alex C., Toner the Boner

My Man Forever: Shae R

Qualities I admire in other people: Honesty, generosity, humor, nice smiles

Qualities I detest in other people: Dishonesty, possessiveness, cynicism, apathy

Things I love about the world: The diversity of people and cultures, the natural beauty of the planet, the seasons

Things I dislike about the world: Overfishing, logging, poverty, homelessness, ignorance, racism, hate crimes

Immediate passions: To write a screenplay

Long-term passions: To sell a screenplay

Ultimate passions: To travel in outer space, discover the equation of life and to see my screenplay at the Block on Mars!