I am a Professor of Geology and Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Geological Sciences. I have been at the University of Florida in Gainesville for the past 21 years after spending 5 years as a Research Fellow at the Australian National University. I teach both undergraduate and graduate classes and am a member of the Honors Faculty. My specialty is igneous petrology and geochemistry and use my background in marine geology to study the generation and evolution of oceanic crust. I have participated in over 20 major oceanographic cruises and have had over 35 dives in the manned submersible ALVIN and have been using remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) for the past decade. Some of my most recent work has been done in conjunction with the folks at MBARI like George Matsumoto (2:1). I have been a member of the United States Science Advisory Committee (USSAC), the Lithosphere Panel of the Joint Oceanographic Institutes and a panel member on the Ocean Science Division of the National Science Foundation. I have also served as the Chair of the Review Panel of the U.S. Science Support Program for NSF and the Chair of the Deep Submergence Science Committee (DESSC). I currently serve on the Executive Committee and Education and Outreach Committee of the RIDGE2000 program that serves to direct, organize and support mid-ocean ridge scientific exploration, research and education. Through the RIDGE program we have been trying to bring real-time marine exploration into the K-12 classroom. I have been working closely with Dr. Matt Smith who recently came to UF as a lecturer from the American Geological Institute. He has a good deal of background in geoscience education and has been developing new teaching methods and outreach programs at the college level. I enjoy “guest” teaching in local K-9 classes and find the kids to be very enthusiastic about earth science, but am concerned about the lack of any marine or geoscience in the high schools. You wound think that in Florida, more people would be interested in the oceans. I look forward to hearing the thoughts and experiences of many of you who work in the “trenches”.