Speakers and Topics

J. Nicholas Vandemoer, MD, F.A.C.S.:
Diving Medicine: A Review of Current Evidence



Because diving medicine expertise is not readily available, the wise diver needs as much knowledge of this subject as possible. We will discuss ear and sinus barotrauma (trauma caused by pressure differences), outer ear infections, asthma, PFO and decompression illness, and the aging diver.


As an avid SCUBA diver and underwater photographer as well as a physician, Dr. Vandemoer trained for practice as a Diving Medicine Specialist on the UHMS NOAA Diving Medicine course. Dr. Vandemoer's extensive experience in practicing and teaching Diving Medicine as well as his association with the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary hyperbaric chamber has allowed him to treat patients with diving medical diseases in the most up to date manner. He regularly teaches diving medicine to physicians around the globe and is a consultant for the hyperbaric chamber department at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary for diving injuries.

Joe Romeiro:
The Art of Filming Sharks



This presentation will discuss the techniques and challenges of filming sharks. It will overview the location and species most often encountered and the behavior one can expect based on the type shark. This presentation will educate divers to the plight of sharks, proper safety practices, and being respectful of these majestic creatures. Joe’s presentation will also include clips from various films he has made.


Joe Romeiro burst into the world of underwater videography with a huge splash in 2009 with "Death of a Deity," a short film about shark conservation, which won multiple awards throughout the year. Joe is quickly becoming a well-known figure within the community and is one of those people everyone should keep an eye on. He has recently released some great videos and is sure to have some phenomenal material in the future. Joe currently lives in Rhode Island but travels quite frequently to do what he loves most: shooting underwater video of sharks

Ethan Gordon:
Photographing the Wrecks of Truk Lagoon



The historic wrecks of Truk Lagoon have sat on the ocean floor for over 65 years. Despite this amount of time they are still very much intact and make for some of the world's best photography subjects. From tiny artifacts to gigantic hulls, the lagoon offers an unlimited variety of things to see and photograph. This talk will focus on some unique photography techniques involved in capturing the essence of these historic ships. Some of the topics covered will include: balancing the available light with your strobes and hand-held lights, selecting unique strobe angles to photograph artifacts, and choosing a composition that tells a story.


Ethan has been working as a freelance photojournalist primarily in the diving, fishing and travel industries since 1995. His assignment work has taken him from the cold waters off New England to the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the Coral Sea, and numerous islands in the Caribbean. Ethan has photographed thousands of marine creatures from around the world. Ethan has been honored twice by Skin Diver Magazine and Asian Diver. Both magazines included his images in their prestigious Photo Annual Collector's Editions, and once by Sport Diver, which included one of his images in their first Photo Annual Collector's Edition.

Dean Fessler:
The White Shark is GREAT!



This presentation will feature divers and researchers interacting with "Great" White Sharks off the coast of South Africa and Guadalupe Island, Mexico without the "protection" of cages. The presentation will demonstrate that the much maligned white shark is NOT a man-eating monster, rather an apex predator attempting to survive in this time of overfishing while having a far greater brain capacity than previously thought.


Dean Fessler joined the Shark Research Institute in 1991, and began studying bull and Caribbean reef sharks off the Bahamas, and sandtiger sharks off North Carolina. In 1992, he relocated to San Diego to work with blue and mako sharks, and studied hammerhead sharks and whale sharks in the Sea of Cortez. In 1998, he moved to South Africa to study white sharks where he worked with other scientists, underwater photographers and documentary filmmakers. Dean is also a NAUI Divemaster and a member of the Explorers Club.

Dan Lieb:
The Sunken Locomotives Project



Dan Lieb will describe how two, very old matching locomotives were discovered off Long Branch, New Jersey, and what research has revealed about these relics. He will trace the steps along the way from their discovery in the 1980's, to the realization of their historical significance. He will also describe the two theories on how they came to be off Long Branch, and what plans are underway to recover them and put them on display in a local shipwreck museum.


Dan Lieb is a founding member and the current president of the New Jersey Historical Divers Association, Inc., a not-for-profit historical organization dedicated to the preservation of New Jersey shipwreck and maritime history. The organization's main thrust is to discover the names of the many unidentified shipwrecks that lie off our beaches, and bring their history to light. Dan has identified thirteen wrecks off our shore. He has written comprehensive reports detailing each identification project, and has published these reports through the NJHDA Journal. This journal is archived throughout the region and is available to the interested public.

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