My name is Eric Dilley and I am a marine ecologist with interests in coral reef and kelp forest ecology. I was born and raised in the coastal town of Ventura, CA where the ocean was such a huge part of my life. As a kid, I was always fascinated by the extraordinary wildlife and vast power of the ocean. One way or the other, the ocean has always called to me.
My fondest memories of the ocean stemmed from a Memorial Day YMCA family camp called Camp Fox out on Catalina Island in Southern California. Every year we went, I would snorkel each day and find myself increasingly fascinated with kelp forests. As I got older, I would venture further and dive deeper to view different animals and algae that make up the kelp forest. I will never forget rolling off my kayak in the middle of a deep cove next to Camp Fox for the first time and instantly feeling this amazing euphoria as I was surrounded by a giant school of sardines. To this day, I still feel that childlike interest and compassion for the ocean each time I plunge into the water and these emotions are what drive me to be a marine ecologist and conservationist.
My personal interests are naturally linked to the ocean. I enjoy diving, snorkeling, sailing, surfing, outrigger canoeing, and kayaking. On land I enjoy hiking, camping, and general wildlife observation. I am also a photographer and videographer who loves to take pictures and footage of wild places and their local biota. I am very excited about the opportunity to live in a place like Hawaiʻi where all these activities are locally available and incredibly fun.
If you would like to learn more about me, take a gander around my website and connect with me on social media to discover more about the research, outreach, photography and videography that I do as a marine ecologist. Thanks for visiting!