The Life of Aaron Kimo Morris - Scuba Diving for Science, Biological Oceanography, Academic History, Pole Vaulting, Hawaii, and Personal Items
A detailed synopsis of Aaron Kimo Morris' life - Scuba Diving (both recreational and scientific), past and present academic acheivements, pole vault enthusiast, Hawaiian connection, and family stuff.
Welcome to the website of Aaron Kimo Morris where you will find a wide array of interests. I have included information on scuba diving, snorkeling, and boat diving on the tropical island of kauai, hawaii in the hawaiian islands of hawaii. In Hawaii you will enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling, as well as scuba diving and snorkeling for divers, snorkelers, and swimmers particularly those that like to dive and snorkel in the ocean. Scuba diving is fun, and I like to see turtles, sharks, coral, fish, invertebrates, nudibranchs, crabs, mollusks, molluscs, eels, sting rays, manta rays, and shrimp. Along with this, I take video and photographs of reefs, reef, fishes, fish, inverts, invertebrates, lobsters, octopus, octopuses, octopi, and coral. Such videography and photography makes me respected on kauai, hawaii, and elsewhere in the hawaiian islands. When I use to work for Bubbles Below, we did videography on the dive boat Kaimanu to make videos of marine animals and plants and tourists. In fact, tourist divers enjoy diving with Bubbles Below to see fish and invertebrates swimming in coral reefs and sponges. Since we are in Hawaiian waters in Hawaii, Kauai, Ni'ihau, Niihau, and Lehua Rock, we do not see giant kelp, but we do see black coral in caverns and caves, and lots of pelagic animals in the blue oceanic ocean.
Also of interest to me is my personal research at UCLA in Southern California. I do marine research of an oceanographic nature, where I look at pelagic animals including both meroplankton and holoplankton in the ocean realm. The aquatic research I do requires extensive enumeration of crab larvae zoea, megalopa, as well as other larvae of animals like phoronid, mollusk veliger, bryozoan, cyphanautes and echinoderm. The holoplankton in my samples include copepod, euphausiid, chaetognath, polychaete, and ichthyoplankton. I study fronts in the ocean - the system is virtually identical in principle to atmospheric fronts. Animal aggregations at fronts is a key part of my research at UCLA. I use a seabird CTD to do physical oceanography in my studies, and use vertical plankton net tows. Drogues are also used and tracked with GPS. Most of my research activities include scuba diving, doing blue-water diving. Blue water diving requires an achoring system when you are attached to the surface instead of the bottom. Dr. William Bill Hamner is my advisor and he is an expert blue water diver. Working with Bill Hamner has been very productive. Before being at UCLA I was at Oregon State University in the Entomology Department where I did entomological work on life history theory. I was also at UCSB where I did lots of work on parasite ecology, doing parasitology in local California estuaries.
Pole vaulting also interests me. I pole vaulted in high school and college and ran other track and field events. Track and field was my life for eight years, and I trained in the pole vault and sprints. I was a pole vaulter at Torrance High School and UCSB. In Santa Barbara, at UCSB, I was in intercollegiate competition. Pole vaulters are very competitive at the college level. Running track at UCSB was a unique experience since we were not known as a powerhouse in track and field. Pole vaulters who like to pole vault, or even those who vaulted in the past know what pole vaulting is all about.
I scuba dive, and I am a marine biologists who know about fish and invertebrate biology, especially those found on Kauai, Hawaii in the Hawaiian archipelago. I also am familiar with fishes and invertebrates of southern California. My goal is to become an expert in scuba diving and marine ecology and biology. The ecological and biological experience of scuba diving in the Hawaiian Islands, California, and the West Coast includes the islands of Hawaii, Maui, Moloka'i, Molokai, Molokini, Lanai, O'ahu, Oahu, and Kauai. Also included would be Niihau, Ni'ihau, Lehua Rock, crater, Nihoa, Kaula, and Kohoolawe, also known as Koho'olawe. I enjoy diving in places like San Diego, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Santa Monica Bay, and Santa Barbara.
Make no mistake, scuba diving on Kauai, Hawaii in the Hawaiian islands is a fun vacation for any scuba diver who likes to dive in coral reefs and see large pelagic fish, as well as large pelagics. Shark and turtle are always seen in Hawaii and the Hawaiian archipelago, and I often show sharks and turtles to tourists. Marine ecology is my focus because I like marine ecological biology. Tourists and divers like to tour and dive in Hawaii because they know they will see whales and dolphins. You may see a whale or dolphin jump above the ocean seawater, or you may see pilot whales, bottlenose dolphins, Hawaiian spinner dolphins, or false killer whales swimming underwater, as well as under water. Green sea turtles, greensea turtle, loggerhead turtles, and hawksbill turtle, are seen around the Hawaiian Islands. They eat algae in the shallow reef. I am a NAUI divemaster knowledgeable in all Hawaiian marine life in Hawaii.
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