Neil's Marine Ecology lectures

My name is Neil Robertson. I dive, I photograph, I observe, and I'm hungry for more

(Props to Tony Bourdain for inspiring that line).

I am fascinated by life underwater. I like learning about the critters I see on my dives and how they interact with other critters and with their environment. Marine Ecology describes those relationships.

I give an annual lecture at City College on the subject of Marine Ecology, which I've reproduced below. Truth be told, it's really an opportunity for me to show my slides to a captive audience - in 2009 the lecture had 89 photographs and 19 powerpoint slides. The lecture is created from scratch each year, which helps keep it fresh for me. It also allows me to incorporate new images and ideas from the past year and generally make it better. I even wrote a poem one year, Ode to a Kelp Forest, which I included at the bottom of this page.

I've split each lecture into three parts - Introduction, Habitats, and Phyla - to help reduce download time. It requires PowerPoint to view the lectures. Note that these are large files (the largest is over 7Mb in size), so they'll take a while to download.

These are all Powerpoint files, with an extention of .pps to allow them to play in slideshow mode automatically. I'm not a mac user but some older macs didn't recognize .pps files and if that's the case, you might have to download it and change the file extension to .ppt.


Marine Ecology of Sub Tidal California
City College, San Francisco, 9/25/2012



Marine Ecology of Monterey
Biology Seminar Series
City College, San Francisco, 3/2/2012

I was invited to give a talk as part of the Biology Seminar Series, a series of lunchtime lectures sponsored by the Biology Department. It was video taped and is likely to appear on the telly in a few months time, plus I'll have my own personal copy on DVD. This was under an hour, a much smaller lecture than my normal 3 hour effort.

Marine Ecology of Sub Tidal California
City College, San Francisco, 9/27/2011



Marine Ecology of Sub Tidal California
City College, San Francisco, 9/21/2010



Marine Ecology of Sub Tidal California
City College, San Francisco, 9/22/2009



Ode to a Kelp Forest


Where waves crash and currents roar,
Where rocky bottoms meet the shore,
Where waterís cold and nutrient rich,
Where organisms find that special niche,
There youíll find that algal form
called Kelp - from which the forestís born.

The Kelp Forest: not just a place for plants,
But a community, a vital dance
in the web of life.
A player in a seamless whole,
that touches the mind and touches the soul.




All photographs © Neil Robertson, all right reserved.