New source of underwater images at no cost for non-commercial use

I received the following email and thought others might find this of interest.

Joe Wible, Hopkins Marine Station


Dear kelp forest enthusiasts,

If your photographic talents are as woeful as mine and you are constantly searching for high quality images for your lectures, presentations and publications, then you will be pleased to learn that there is now a collection of professional quality underwater images available for non-commercial use at no cost. Many of you know Ron McPeak, an accomplished natural historian, kelp biologist and underwater photographer. Ron’s photographs of the underwater biota of giant kelp forests have received numerous awards and have been displayed in many highly acclaimed publications and museums/aquariums. Ron is now retired and recently he generously made his collection of underwater photographs freely available to us for our research and teaching needs. Ron’s collection contains over two thousand 35 mm color slides of the underwater biota of giant kelp forests in California and Baja Mexico from 1965 to 1999. There also are images of kelp harvesting in California, salmon spawning in Alaskan streams, and aerial and landscape views of coastal California and its offshore islands. The entire collection of 35 mm color slides was scanned at approximately 3,300 pixels in long dimension (courtesy of the NSF funded Santa Barbara Coastal Long Term Ecological Research project) and images can be downloaded in jpg format from UCSB library’s Digital Collections web site (higher resolution images can be obtained by contacting the library’s Department of Special Collections). All images are well documented with captions, date and location, and subject matter, making them useful for historical purposes as well. The browse features on the library’s website are a bit clumsy, but images of a particular subject matter or species can be located rather easily by using the search commands at the top of the web page. UCSB owns the copyright to all images and photo credits should be given to Ron McPeak.

Please notify your students and colleagues of this valuable resource and join me in thanking Ron for his generosity in making it available to us.

Regards, Dan

— Dan Reed

Marine Science Institute

University of California

Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6150

(805) 893-8363 office phone

(805) 893-8062 FAX

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