Louisiana State University in New Orleans (UNO), B.S., 1971.
University of Miami (RSMAS) (Biological Oceanography), M.S., 1973.
University of Miami (RSMAS) (Biological Oceanography), PhD., 1976.
Past-president, current Secretary and Invertebrate editor of the Biological Society of Washington and Associate editor of the Atoll Research Bulletin. Tree of Life web project, Scleractinia, Octocoral Research Center.
Taxonomy, zoogeography, functional morphology, mineralogy, and evolution of the Stylasteridae, and deep-water Scleractinia and Octocorallia.