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Richard Murphy

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¨  What are your values as a marine biologist?
¨  What is your role in the Ocean Futures Society organization?
¨  How does a female fish become a male?
¨  Is the California Sheepshead fish related to the Cape Cod Sheepshead minnow?

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QUESTION:
What are your values as a marine biologist?

ANSWER from Richard Murphy on 13 February 2007:
My values are primarily focused on the quality of life for people and I know, as a biologist, that the quality of life for us is very dependent on the quality of the environment in which we live.  It is natural ecosystems that keep water clean, air clean, and provide us with all sorts of products like new drugs, fish and places for us to enjoy and find peace from the chaos of civilization.  Another important value of mine is the golden rule... I try to treat, not only people, but fish and birds and corals as I would like to be treated.  If everyone felt the same concern for other species as they do for their brothers or sisters or any close relative the world would be a different place.  IN fact we are all relatives as we all evolved from the same original, simple life forms.  We share many of our genes and we share the same house... our planet earth... the only place we have to live in the universe.

I would like to know what some of your values are?

Thanks for the very thought provoking question.  Check out an article on my web site (www.rcmurph.com) called cosmic ecology... it relates to our discussion.

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QUESTION:
What is your role in the Ocean Futures Society organization?

ANSWER from Richard Murphy on 11 April 2006:
I am director of science and education.  This means that I help decide what science we do on expeditions.  For education design programs and train staff.

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QUESTION:
In Murph's Marine Gallery you mention that the Sheepshead fish "used to be a female".  How does a female fish become a male?

ANSWER from Richard Murphy on 26 November 2003:
Its gonads stop producing eggs and instead produce sperm along with profound changes in body color and form.

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QUESTION:
Is the California Sheepshead fish related to the Sheepshead minnow found around Cape Cod, Massachusetts and the Gulf of Mexico?  Where do these fish get their name?

ANSWER from Richard Murphy on 26 November 2003:
No they have the same common name but are totally different and not closely related... no idea where the names came from.

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