Jim Rich is a retired naval officer and college lecturer (oceanography, environmental science, chemistry, web development). He is a pioneer in publishing courses on the Internet for adult continuing education with emphasis on distance learning to satisfy requirements for professional growth and licensing. He also is an active member of the Central Whidbey Lions Club and volunteer for the Island County Division of Emergency Management as the Special Projects Coordinator.
Jim did his graduate and undergraduate work at Oregon State University, Neils Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, and Harvard University. His principal interests are oceanography and marine geology. He is coauthor of several scholarly papers on sea floor spreading. Professional societies include American Geophysical Union, Geological Society of America, Naval Institute.