Dr John E. Reynolds, III received his Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences in 1980. In 1989, Reynolds became a member of the Committee of Scientific Advisors on Marine Mammals for the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission, and chairman of this committee in 1990. In 1991, he was appointed by President Bush to serve as Chairman of the Marine Mammal Commission, a position for which Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama have retained him. In 2001, Reynolds began working for Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL. Reynolds has received numerous awards for his accomplishments in conservation; he has published more than 240 books, papers, and abstracts.