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Philip Renaud, Captain US Navy (Retd.), Oceanographer

Captain Philip G. Renaud, USN (Ret), is the Executive Director of the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation, an American public benefit organization.   His career in oceanography began at the Naval Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Oceanography in 1979.  Capt Renaud’s naval career took him to all corners of the earth.  During his distinguished 25-year career in the Navy, he served as the oceanographer for an aircraft carrier (USS Theodore Roosevelt), was the lead oceanographer for the Commander, Second Fleet, and his naval career culminated as the Commanding Officer of the Naval Oceanographic Office.

Captain Renaud has earned Masters Degrees in Oceanography, Meteorology, Strategic Studies, and Business Administration.  He has been leading the Living Oceans Foundation for 9 years and has developed the Foundation into a world-class scientific organization dedicated to conservation of the marine environment, particularly coral reef ecosystems.  He initiated the ambitious Global Reef Expedition program, a six-year circumnavigation of the globe to map and survey coral reefs of the world in an effort to reverse the decline in coral reef health. The Global Reef Expedition is currently working in the South Pacific Ocean and is nearing the completion of the most comprehensive scientific mapping and surveying of French Polynesia in history.  The operational schedule for the Global Reef Expedition takes the Living Oceans Foundation to the Cook Islands, Fiji, Tonga, and New Caledonia for the remainder of 2013.  Phil is an avid scuba diver, underwater photographer, sailor and skier.    

Philip Renaud is scheduled to sail on the following voyage(s) (subject to change):   


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