Caribbean Sea Slugs: A field guide to the opisthobranch mollusks from the tropical northwestern Atlantic.
Ángel Valdés is Associate Curator of Malacology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Adjunct Professor at the University of California Los Angeles and the University of Southern California, and Research Associate at the California Academy of Sciences. He began his interest in natural history at an early age and quickly became fascinated by the opisthobranchs found along the northern coast of Spain, where he grew up. Angel has published over 80 scientific papers on opistobranchs and described numerous new species, including one named after his wife Stephanie, who accompanies him during some collecting trips. His research focuses on the taxonomy, evolution and biogeography of sea slugs. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Zoology by the Universidad de Oviedo, Spain in 1996.
Veteran diver and underwater photographer, Dave Behrens has become a household name for nudibranch enthusiasts, having authored two editions of his Pacific Coast Nudibranchs and Nudibranch Behavior, and co-authored Eastern Pacific Nudibranchs, Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific. His scientific publications on this group of amazing animals numbers over 80, including descriptions of over 30 nudibranch species new to science. He holds a master's degree from San Francisco State University and is a Research Associate at the California Academy of Sciences. Dave and his wife Diana operate Sea Challengers Natural History Books, Etc. (www.seachallengers.com), a marine life and natural history book publishing and distribution business in Gig Harbor, Washington.
Jeff Hamann is a businessman in Southern California. He developed an early interest in the ocean through osmosis from his Dad, Bob, an early surfer and diver in Hawaii and California. Jeff started abalone diving in the elementary school years and was certified as a young teen. His special interest in opisthobranchs was the natural product of his interests in sea shells and photography. Although he never received a formal education in biology, he has published scientific papers, describing several new species, and has been a serious student of the subject. He has traveled extensively and his opisthobranch photography has been published in many books, magazines and papers. The foundation for this book is his extensive photograph collection of Caribbean species.
Anne DuPont is a scientific diver and underwater photographer specializing in opisthobranchs and polyclad flatworms. She is a Museum Associate in Malacology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and is a volunteer scientific diver and underwater photographer for the "Flatworm Wrangler's Team" at the University of New Hampshire. Her photos have been published in numerous books, magazines, and educational DVDs. Anne is retired from IBM. She and her husband live in Delray Beach, Florida. They spend about 4-5 months a year on their trawler in the Bahamas and currently Anne is documenting the opisthobranchs from Stocking Island, Exumas Bahamas.
By Ángel Valdés, Jeff Hamann, David W. Behrens, Anne DuPont.