Alex Antoniou, Ph.D., is currently the Director of Educational Programs for NSPF. He has over 30 years of experience in aquatics. Alex is a graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Ph.D. in kinesiology. As the Director of Educational Programs for NSPF, he is in charge of developing programs that train over 25,000 people each year of pool and spa maintenance and operations. Antoniou is the gate keeper of one of the most recognized pool and spa operator programs available. Alex also has a passion for shark research and shark conservation around the world. He recently established his own non-profit group called Fins Attached: Marine Research and Conservation. He feels that more people need to become engaged in protecting these magnificent and valuable creatures.
Dr. Antoniou will speak about Fins Attached who’s mission is to conduct research, promote conservation and provide education for the protection of marine ecosystems. The health of any ecosystem is controlled largely by its apex predators. So, while our work aims to impact the marine ecosystem as a whole, much of our research is focused on the apex predators of the marine environment, which are sharks.
Fins Attached is comprised of scientists, companies, organizations, and people concerned with the health of the world’s oceans. The scientists that represent Fins Attached range in backgrounds from divers to Ph.D marine biologists.