Mitchell, MS., AQ
After an early
college career that favored economics and political science coursework,
Art Mitchell was exposed to the warm tropical ocean in South Florida
and this inspired an abrupt change in his enthusiasm. Recreational
SCUBA and marine aquaria maintenance became his new foci, and led
to a Master’s Degree in marine ecology (Florida Atlantic University).
then taught for nine years at the high school level (biology, chemistry,
marine biology) in the West Palm Beach area, and then moved to the
Florida Keys. Solely through a twist of fate he met Ian Koblick
and Chris Olstad and through them became involved with the MarineLab
habitat and the Jules’ Undersea Lodge.
operating from these residences Art trained and supervised several
hundred teachers from around the US in basic SCUBA skills so that
they might have the opportunity to experience “living in the sea”
and then pass this experience on to their students.
also had the opportunity to spend a memorable night with Dennis and
Claudia Chamberland in the Scott Carpenter Station. He am now
concluding a 20 year career with the education program at MarineLab.