Richard C. Murphy has a Ph.D. in Marine Ecology from the University of Southern California. He began working with Jean-Michel Cousteau and his father, Jacques Cousteau, in 1968. Since that time he has been involved in a wide variety of projects and expeditions in many remote areas around the globe, including Papua New Guinea, Fiji Islands, the Caribbean, Indonesia, the Mekong River in SE Asia, the Amazon, Sea of Cortez, Australia and New Zealand. Dr. Murphy’s role in these expeditions has included serving as chief scientist, photographer, writer, educator or project director. Dr. Murphy has authored over 60 articles in scientific and popular publications. He was the science consultant and managing editor of the 21 volume series, the Ocean World of Jacques Cousteau. He has published a book on coral reefs entitled. Coral Reefs – Cities Under the Sea. The focus of this book is on how a coral reef functions—the jobs of individual residents and how they collectively create a sustainable community. His latest publication is, Water Alive, a small gift book about our evolution and deep connections to water.
Since 1973 Dr. Murphy has been involved with Jean-Michel Cousteau in the creation and implementation of field study programs for students of all ages. The objective in these programs has been to share the wonder and importance of the ocean realm to the public. Drawing on over 40 years of exploring and studying a wide variety of ecosystems and cultures, Dr. Murphy states, “I believe a better understanding of how nature works can not only promote an appreciation for the value of our natural heritage but also help guide the next generation in living more sustainably on the planet.” The Ambassadors of the Environment program is the latest version of this educational endeavor.
In addition, he has been involved in the creation and implementation of the Sustainable Reefs program, designed to help people in island nations better understand and manage their coral reef resources. This project involves a video (Sustainable Reefs) and cartoon book (Treasure on the Reef) presented in the national language along with a variety of supplementary resources. His role in these projects includes producer/director, writer, and videographer/photographer.
Most recently he was the science advisor and u/w photographer for the new 3D, IMAX show – Secret Oceans 3D – that is now being presented at IMAX theaters around the world.