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Dr. Austin plays the lead role in marine education programs at the Marine Ecology Centre. He has also taught at Simon Fraser University, Bamfield Marine Centre and the Vancouver Aquarium

His major professional interest, at present, is in sponges including the recently described ancient sponge reefs known only from B.C. waters.

Other personnel are hired on an as-need basis for specific projects.


Dr. Bill Austin, Principal of Khoyatan Marine Laboratory, has carried out coastal and systematic research in British Columbia over the past 35 years. The results of this research is incorporated in three books and in numerous articles, booklets and presentations.  Dr. Austin obtained his Ph.D. at Stanford University and continued his training in Denmark under a NATO Fellowship and, briefly, at
Harvard under an Ernst Mayr Grant.
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