Talk on Sharks, Tropical Paradise and Science

Craig Cook, M.D, MN 01 discussed “The Search for the Perfect Reef: Sharks, Tropical Paradise and Science” at the Explorer’s Club Washington Group’s September  17, 2011 Cosmos Club Dinner.

ECWG Chair Jay Kaplan presents Craig Cook a certificate of appreciation after his talk. Don Gerson photo

He described two scientific expeditions to the Phoenix Islands in the equatorial central Pacific that he participated in. On both scientists were studying the the world’s most remote coral reefs as part of their efforts to better understand why the world’s coral reefs are in decline.

Cook is a physician who is involved in undersea exploration and undersea medicine. As a physician he is especially interested in the mechanisms of decompression sickness and its treatment in remote locations.

He has been an active diver for more than 40 years and is a diving instructor for the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI). He also has technical diving certification both closed and semi- closed oxygen rebreathers. Dr. Cook is a Divers Alert Network (DAN) Instructor with multiple certifications in diving accident management. In addition, he has been a DAN referral physician for the past 15 years.


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