To promote a better understanding of the environment we so love to explore, the Central Ca1ifornia Council of Diving Clubs, known as Cen Cal, funds our annual California Diving Aquatic Studies Scholarship. This award was previously named the Seaviews/Cen Cal Marine Science Scholarship.
Casey Sheridan, the 2018 Cen Cal Diving & Aquatic Studies Scholarship Winner, is a PhD student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UC Santa Cruz. He is actively involved in field research related to California kelp forests which he hopes will lead to a better understanding of the unprecedented recent ecosystem changes in Monterey Bay. In particular, he is studying purple urchin “barrens” and kelpurchin interactions. This type of research is of great interest and importance to all of us who dive in Northern California.
Casey received his undergraduate degree in Marine Biology summa cum laude from UCLA in 2011. He was already involved in important scientific research projects as an undergraduate, including neurobiology, animal behavior, parasitology, and marine ecology. Since entering graduate school, in addition to his on-going studies and marine ecology research, he has worked on projects with NOAA, U.S. Geological Survey, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. An active SCUBA diver, he continues to lead many underwater marine surveys in Monterey Bay and elsewhere
A photo of our happy winner can be seen at Casey Sheridan