Robin and Danuta Pfeiffer are the owners and winemakers of Pfeiffer Winery and Vineyards, an ultra-premium, sustainable, 70-acre vineyard with an international reputation for producing world-class Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Enjoy a wine lecture and a tasting of Pfeiffer Winery wines when Robin and Danuta join us aboard The Gauguin.
George S. Losey, Jr.
Professor George Losey was entranced by the ocean growing up with a diving mask and plywood body-surfing board on the southeast Florida coast. He received his Ph.D. in 1968 from Scripps Institution of Oceanography working on reef fishes of the East Pacific. His studies introduced him to Ethology, a largely European discipline new to the USA concentrating on study of the natural behavior of animals and their social interactions.
He left La Jolla in 1968 for the warmer waters of the Hawaii and remained as a Professor and Researcher in Zoology at the Institute of Marine Biology. His research, mostly funded by the National Science Foundation, concentrated on cleaning symbiosis in fish and sea turtles, aggressive and territorial behavior of reef fishes, sex change in reef fishes, learning and instinctive behavior in freshwater and marine fishes, and, most recently, ultraviolet vision and coloration in fishes and how they cope with UV radiation.
Over the course of his career, he has lived underwater as an aquanaut in Puerto Rico, dived in purse seines of the East Pacific fishing fleet with dolphins and tunas, and visited marine labs from Israel to Australia, including the Lizard Island Research Station on the Great Barrier Reef.
George started cruise ship lecturing in 1997 on the QE2 and has since lectured on various ships and with Smithsonian Journeys with topics in oceanography and marine biology with emphasis on coral reef biology, Hawaiian natural history, Polynesian and Hawaiian legends, Australian and New Zealand geology and biota, and “nature vs. nurture” of human and animal behavior.
Join us aboard The Gauguin as George shares his expertise in a series of lectures. He is also happy to sit and enjoy a relaxing conversation.