Wayne Brown is a professional underwater photographer, scuba diving instructor, author, lecturer, web master, and marine biologist with a degree in ecology and environmental biology from the University of California at Irvine. Over 40 years of diving experiences have taken him around the world studying and documenting the earth's marine environments and the creatures that inhabit them. He has been privileged to work with many respected institutions and individuals, including the Russian Academy of Sciences, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Aquarium of the Pacific and the late Jacques Cousteau.
Wayne lived in the Caribbean Sea for over six years, returning to complete his degree in biology. While completing his degree at the University of California, Irvine, Wayne was inspired to bring his knowledge and experiences in the marine world to children. In 1987, Wayne started The Ocean Adventure, bringing the marine environment into the classroom to help students develop positive attitudes about science and nature while promoting an appreciation and respect for all marine organisms and their place in the environment. Because of his marine science educational efforts Aqua Lung/U.S. Divers awarded Wayne their prestigious Chairman's Award.
Wayne has brought the ocean to people of all ages and backgrounds through his work with the Education Department of the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, and as an onboard marine biologist for the eco-tourism, small ship, expedition cruise lines, including: Clipper Cruise Lines, Cruise West, Orion Expeditions, Travel Dynamics International, G Adventures, Noble Caledonia and UnCruise Adventures.
In addition to his skills as a popular lecturer for children and adults, Wayne is an award-winning photographer and a member of the American Society of Media Photographers. His work appears in many national and international adult and children's books, textbooks, and magazines.
Karen Brown is a scuba diving instructor, underwater photographer, model, lecturer, and marine conservationist with a degree in sociology from Wells College in Aurora, New York. Over 30 years of diving experiences have taken her around the world visiting and photographing the habitats and behaviors of a wide variety of marine animals. She has had close encounters with sea creatures large and small, from the most docile to the most dangerous.
While living in the Caribbean Sea as a scuba diving instructor, Karen introduced hundreds of people to the wonder and mystery of the underwater world.
In 1992, Karen joined Wayne to make the Ocean Adventure a family endeavor enthusiastically bringing the marine environment into the classroom.
Karen has brought the ocean to people of all ages and backgrounds through her work with the Education Department of the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, and as an naturalist for the eco-tourism, small ship, expedition cruise lines, Clipper Cruise Lines, Cruise West, Orion Expeditions, Travel Dynamics International, G Adventures and UnCruise Adventures.
Karen works on both sides of the underwater camera, as an underwater model and award-winning photographer. Her photographs have appeared in various national and international adult and children's books, textbooks, and magazines.