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Scott W. Michael,
Scott W. Michael,
Author, Marine Biology Researcher

Born in Fremont, Nebraska, Scott W. Michael studied marine biology at the undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of Nebraska. He is an internationally recognized writer, underwater photographer, and marine biology researcher specializing in reef fishes. He has been involved in research projects on sharks, rays, frogfishes, and the behavior of reef fishes. Scott regularly contributes to Aquarium Fish Magazine and SeaScope, and is the author of Reef Sharks & Rays of the World (Sea Challengers), Reef Fishes, Vol. 1, A Pocket Expert Guide to Marine Fishes, and Aquarium Sharks & Rays (Microcosm).

Mr. Michael has served as a scientific consultant for National Geographic Explorer, the Discovery Channel, and French educational television. He is also a partner in a massive web site project,

His research and photographic endeavors have led him from places such as Cocos Island in the Eastern Pacific to various points in the Indo-Pacific, including the Maldive Islands, Sulawesi, the Fiji Islands, Papua New Guinea, Australia's Great Barrier Reef, as well as the Red Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, and many reefs in the Caribbean.

Scott has been a marine aquarist since boyhood and has kept tropical fishes for more than 25 years, including a period of retail store ownership. He currently resides with his wife, underwater photographer Janine Cairns-Michael, the Golden Retriever, and an Ornate Wobbegong (Orectolobus ornatus) in Lincoln, Nebraska.