"CITIZEN SCIENCE BEHIND THE LENS"
BY CARLOS & ALLISON ESTAPE
We have tips on Photo-documenting fish and how to contribute to the Smithsonian’s Fishes of the Greater Caribbean and Eastern Pacific data base.
Join us and learn how to become a Citizen Scientist behind the lens….Use your camera to expand your scientific knowledge of the oceans.
Carlos and Allison Estapé – photographers, SCUBA instructors and underwater naturalists based in the Florida Keys. Our love for the sea has taken us all over the world and combined we have made thousands of dives over our lifetime including in the Caribbean, Baja, Micronesia, Indonesia, Australia, the Coral Sea, Fiji and the Indian Ocean besides here in our own backyard of the Florida Keys.
Our work has been featured in AlertDiver.com, Alert Diver Magazine, SCUBA Diving magazine, Reef Fish Identification Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas (Humann/DeLoach), Keys Dive Traveler magazine, newspapers, social studies text books, children’s books, scientific publications & papers, dive book (Spearfisherman’s Guide to the Upper Keys), SCUBA shop websites (Key Dives, Islamorada Dive Center and Ambassador Divers, Grand Cayman) and just recently selected for display at the American Museum of Natural History NY, the New York State Museum in Albany, NY and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, California.
We are co-authors of two scientific papers; The fishes of Alligator Reef and environs in the Florida Keys: a half-century update and An update to the inventory of shore-fishes from the Parque Nacional Sistema Arrecifal Veracruzano, Veracruz, Mexico
One of the things we are the most proud of is the contribution of thousands of images to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute for use in their fish ID website and App.