Chamberland, PhD., AQ
has logged more than 30 days as a working aquanaut on 14 seafloor
missions as Mission Commander and Principal Investigator. He
is the designer of six undersea habitats: the Engineering Research
Habitats (ER Series) I and II, the the Scott Carpenter Space Analog
Station Habitat, the New Worlds Explorer, the Leviathan Habitat and
the Challenger Station Habitat. He has been a certified aquanaut
(AQ) since 1993 and a certified open water diver since 1976.
is a Bioenvironmental Engineer (MS - Oklahoma State University -1983),
a former US Naval Officer, a US Navy Civilian Nuclear Engineer, an
instructor at the Trident Technical College and a Space Advanced Life
Support Systems design engineer.
has been involved as a design engineer in the development of advanced
life support systems being considered for moon and Mars bases. He
was named a Fellow of the New York Explorer's Club in 1991 and has
spoken at their headquarters about his expeditions.
Chamberland makes frequent public appearances and gives lectures about
many aspects of human exploration from interplanetary probes to the
permanent human colonization of the oceans.
a Native American of the Cherokee Nation, he has a keen interest in
what the tribal history of the Cherokees can teach others about reverence
for and stewardship of the environment. Dennis has a special
interest in the Trail of Tears as his own recorded history began in
this historic time of upheaval. His great-grandfather was a
part of this great drama and much family history was determined
as a result of the unfolding events.
is also a prolific writer, publishing more than 100 articles in various
perodicals, technical journals and reference works. He has also
published eight books including four novels, including the book, UNDERSEA
- Dennis has
been the principal design engineer or acted as an advising engineer
on nine undersea habitation projects - more than any other engineer.
- Dennis was the Principal
Investigator on the first ever planting from seed and subsequent harvesting
of a mature agricultural crop in an undersea habitat.
- Functioned as Mission
Commander one one of three totally independent undersea habitat missions
conducted simultaneously in three different habits on the seafloor
in 1997, becoming the largest such true undersea community.
- Along with
his wife Claudia Chamberland, Dennis and Claudia hold the record for
the most acculmulated days working as a married undersea Aquanaut
- Dennis and
Claudia along with three of their children comprised the first aquanaut
family unit to include children, living and working undersea in 1997.