Lucy Bunkley-Williams Ph.D., 2005
Lucy began diving in 1969, NAUI certified 1975, Hyperbaric Recompression Chamber Operations 1975-82, Deep Diving certification 1979, Saturation/Habitat 1979-84 in 5 week-long missions in NOAA Hydrolab Undersea Habitat in St. Croix, Remote Operated Vehicle 1988, Nitrox certification 1998), Platinum Pro 5000 Diver Award 2005 with 6928 dives. Received MS Univ. Puerto Rico, Mayagüez (UPRM); PhD Auburn Univ. Studied aquatic animal health around the world & documented & explained the most important threats to our coral reefs & marine environment (Coral-reef Bleaching, Sea Turtle Fibropapillomas, diseases & mass mortalities) in 215 scientific publications & 4 books. Named 27 new species of large, external crustacean parasites of fishes seen by divers. She is Professor in the Biology Department, UPRM. Honored as Outstanding Woman Graduate of Auburn Univ. 1992; by Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean by permanently renaming their best student paper award the Bert & Lucy Williams Award" & Distinguished Service Award 2003 & Honorary Lifetime Membership 2002. Lucy’s underwater photographs have received awards appeared in numerous books & articles & were displayed in the Smithsonian Institution. Her research has been featured in television & radio programs magazines & newspaper articles.