International Advisors

The BUEI International Advisory Board is a voluntary group of international individuals, preeminent in their field, established to advise and support our organisation.

Some of the Board’s responsibilities are to supply BUEI with pertinent current information to keep BUEI at the forefront of knowledge and to review factual accuracy and exhibit content prior to moving forward with a project.

Steve Blasco

Mr. Steve Blasco, C.M. B.Sc. (Eng.) |P.Eng. received his Honours Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Engineering Geophysics from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, in 1972. For the past 25 years he has been employed as a marine engineering geophysicist with the Geological Survey of Canada, at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Mr. Blasco’s research focuses on marine environmental and engineering geology studies. Seafloor and lakebed geological investigations are related to offshore oil and gas exploration in the Canadian Arctic and environmental problems in the Arctic and Great Lakes. Mr. Blasco’s research has taken him to the Canadian Arctic, the Russian Federation, the Caribbean, Bermuda, China, Japan, Norway, Great Lakes and even the North Pole.

Current research activities include seafloor scouring by ice keels, submarine permafrost, bottom sediment contamination, and the use of shipwrecks as scientific time markers. His studies primarily focus on unravelling the geological history of seafloor and lakebed sediments over the past 2 million years.

Mr. Blasco’s geological research has involved the use of multibeam and sidescan sonars, seismic systems and manned and unmanned submersibles. Mr. Blasco was chief scientist of the joint Canada, United States and Russian scientific/commercial expedition to film the TITANIC wreck site. He has the unusual distinction of being the centrefold in special issues of both the National Geographic in 1988 and Canadian Geographic magazines in 1999.

In 2001 Mr. Blasco became a Member of the Order of Canada (C.M.- Science). In 1996 Mr. Blasco received the H.G. Hamilton Award from Queen’s University for exceptional service to the University Alumni Association. In 1987, Mr. Blasco received the distinguished merit award from the Government of Canada for leadership in conducting geological and engineering investigations in the Beaufort Sea.

Phil Nuytten

Mr. Phil Nuytten, Ph.D. is an inventor and undersea technologist whose inventions include the celebrated Newtsuit, a deep-sea diving suit with its own atmosphere; Remora, a military submarine rescue system; and Newtsub, the latest generation of deep-work systems.

Mr. Nuytten has won the Canadian Award for Business Excellence in 1987, the Canadian Advanced Technology Award in 1988 and the 1997 NOGI Science Award from the Chicago Based Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences.

Clyde F.E. Roper

Mr. Clyde F.E. Roper has worked as a zoologist at the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History since 1966. A marine and deep-sea biologist, he is a world-renowned expert on squids and octopuses (cephalopods) including the giant squid, a specimen of which highlights an exhibit at the Museum of Natural History. Mr. Roper’s research in the deep sea pioneered behavioral aspects of bioluminescence in midwater squids, revealed habitats and distributions and defined unique anatomical characteristics. These studies, as well as his other broad-reaching research, are conducted from surface research ships, submersibles and scuba diving. He has explored and conducted research on cephalopods in virtually every marine habitat, from tropical coral reefs to frigid Antarctic seas, from the sunlit surface waters to the icy blackness of the deep sea. Roper’s research and exploration have resulted in 150 research publications and books, several television documentaries and films, many hundreds of academic lectures, school programs, study tours, public presentations, web sites and exhibitions. Through Smithsonian educational programs, adjunct professorships at universities and ad hoc affiliations with undergraduate and graduate schools, Roper has trained scores of students in marine science and cephalopod biology.

A strong advocate for public understanding of the oceans, Mr. Roper uses the giant squid as an icon to introduce people to Inner Space, the deep sea. He further engages people to discover about the oceans (and themselves) by teaching squid and octopus cooking classes as well as squid dissection classes.

Mr. Roper’s contributions to marine science and education have been recognized by several organizations including an Honorary Doctorate from Transylvania University (1997), a Fellow in the Explorers Club (2000), Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society (1998), the Lifetime Achievement Award by peers in the Cephalopod International Advisory Council (2000) of which he was a founding member, and the Earthwatch Institute Film Award (2001). He is Zoologist Emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution (2002). Roper serves on advisory boards for a number of national and international marine research and educational institutions, e.g., Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium (Sarasota, FL), Humboldt Field Station (Maine), Citizens for a Seacoast Aquarium (Portsmouth, NH), Smithsonian Marine Station (Florida).

Steve Katona

Professor Steve Katona, Ph.D. (retired) has a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in General Studies, Harvard College and a Ph.D. in Biology, Harvard University. He has accomplished additional course work and research in the USA and England.

Professor Katona is the Founder and Director of the College of the Atlantic’s marine mammal research group, concentrating on photo-identification studies of humpback and finback whales. He is the author of numerous scientific articles and publications.

Anatoly Sagalevitch

Dr. Anatoly Sagalevitch is head of the Laboratory of Deep Manned Submersibles at the P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology for the Academy of Science in Moscow.

As head of MIR I and MIR II, he has led researches from the vessel Akademik Mstislav Keldysh in Suruga Bay, the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, including assisting in the creation of the IMAX film of the Titanic.

Robert Stenuit

Mr. Robert Stenuit, Ph.D., a Belgian citizen, has extensive expertise in deep diving and underwater work which include, amongst others, exploration in the caves and potholes of the Belgian Ardennes, searching for the wrecks of the 1702 plate fleet off Spain, diver for American Oceanologist Edwin Link and did the first saturation dive alone attempted at sea in a dept of 200 feet for 25 hours. Mr. Stenuit, with John Lindbergh has carried out the longest-deepest dive even then made at sea in 1964 off the Bahamas with the support of the US Navy, which lasted for 48 hours at a depth of 432 feet. He spent time in and out of an undersea dwelling anchored in the water. More recently he has rebuilt an exact replica of the 1715 “diving barrel” and demonstrated its efficiency in actual diving conditions and is a free-lance historical researcher and consultant for several European and American companies and has served as an advisor for the search and recovery of cargoes of non-ferrous metals and bullion in modern wrecks.

Mr. Stenuit has carried out underwater archaeological excavations on wreck sites around the world, including the first wreck of the Spanish Armada ever located off the coast of Northern Ireland. Mr. Stenuit is a Director of the “Groupe de Recherche Archeologique Sous-marine Post-medievale” (GRASP) which studies the wrecks of ships lost from the 16th to 19th century. These studies of the material objects recovered bring factual documentation to the history of the European expansion overseas and of its commercial and military exploitation.


Joseph MacInnis

Mr. Joseph MacInnis, C.M., M.D., Dsc., FRCP, a medical doctor and internationally acclaimed expert in deep sea diving, Dr. Joseph MacInnis has spent the last 25 years studying human performance in high-risk environments. He has been involved in some of the deepest and longest dives made by man and he designed and built the world’s first dive station that allowed men to explore below the polar ice-cap.

Dr. MacInnis inspired the discovery expedition to the “Titanic” and has written five books and contributed articles to Scientific American and National Geographic. His work has earned him three honorary doctorates, the Queen’s Anniversary medal and his country’s highest honor, the Order of Canada.

Bruce Robison

Bruce Robison, Ph.D. earned a B.S. degree from Purdue University and an M.A. from the College of William and Mary, Bruce H. Robison returned home to California and to Stanford University, where he completed a Ph.D. program in 1973. He then spent two years conducting postdoctoral research on deep-sea fishes at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, before accepting a position at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 1987 he joined the newly formed Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), where he served as Science Department Chair from 1991 to 1996, and is presently a Senior Scientist.

Mr. Robison’s research interests are centered on the biology and ecology of deep sea animals, particularly those which inhabit the oceanic water column. He has pioneered in the use of undersea vehicles for these studies and he led the first team of scientists trained as submersible pilots for research in midwater. As pilot or observer, Robison has spent a good portion of his career in deep water, aboard more than a dozen different submersibles. At MBARI, his research team has focused on the development of remotely operated vehicles as research platforms for deep-sea research.

Mr. Robison’s midwater research program is presently addressing the ecology of gelatinous animals in the deep sea. This group includes ctenophores, medusae, and siphonophores, animals which cannot be investigated adequately with conventional sampling methods, but which play dominant roles in mesopelagic ecology. Related studies include trophic structure, physiology, and the behavior of midwater animals including fishes and squids. Behavioral studies are also investigating the ways that animals use bioluminescence in the deep sea, with both laboratory and in situ observations.


Gregory Stone

Mr. Gregory Stone, Ph.D., holds a doctorate in Marine Science, a Masters in Marine Policy from the University of Rhode Island and a Bachelor of Arts in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic, Maine. He participated in a Sea Grant Fellowship at the University of Rhode Island which included research on remotely operated vehicles, manned submersibles and undersea habitats.

Mr. Stone was a full member of Japan Prime Minister’s Council for Advanced Technologies and received a fellowship award from the Science and Technology Agency (Japan) in 1990. He is an advisor and member of several research organizations, and author of numerous scientific publications and reports. At the New England Aquarium, Mr. Stone has developed and implemented ocean and freshwater conservation programmes. During his years at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration he conducted research and developed cooperative science programmes with the Japanese Government and marine scientific community.

Mr. Stone was the first non-Japanese to dive in the SHINKAI 6500 research submersible. He developed and conducted long-term marine mammal research. Mr. Stone initiates and produces an award-winning series of conservation films, leads ocean expeditions for the National Geographic Society, and has been featured in numerous TV documentaries on ocean themes. Most recently he led a National Geographic diving expedition in Antarctica to study the ecology of large icebergs and the effect of global climate change on the oceans.