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I grew up in the Southern California desert (Imperial, CA); the son of a school teacher and a housewife. My parents taught me early on the value of an education and the importance of different cultures. Both my parents were first generation Americans. My fraternal grandparents were French Canadian and my mother's father was from India and her mother from Mexico. Thus I was surrounded by 4 different cultures: French, East-Indian, Mexican and American. From a young age I wanted to study "the ocean"; more specifically fish. Most children go through a phase of being intrigued by the ocean. I just never grew out of it. I primarily study fish ecology of fishes in the Red Sea (Egypt, Israel, and Jordan) but am now population genetics of fishes from the Peruvian Amazon.
My wife and I have twin daughters and 4 wonderful grandchildren.