Thomas J. Bright

Joined: Jul 21, 2017 Last Active: May 20, 2021 iNaturalist

I served in the US Navy from 1955-1959.
I received a BS in Zoology/Geology from the University of Wyoming In 1965, then a PhD in Oceanography from Texas A&M University in 1968.
I taught biology at Jacksonville University, Florida from 1968-1969.
From 1969 to1995 I was a Biological Oceanographer with the Texas A&M University Dept. of Oceanography. My students and I pursued research in Coral Reef biology, generating much of the descriptive ecology contributing to establishment of the FLOWER GARDEN BANKS NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico (
During 1998-2000, I served as Station Manager for the Wildlife Conservation Society, Glover's Reef Marine Station on Middle Caye, Glover's Atoll, Belize, assisting in management of the GLOVER'S REEF MARINE RESERVE (
For the past 7 years, my wife, Cindy, and I have hosted National Forest campgrounds in Colorado, Idaho and Oregon. In 2011-12 we hosted Cape Perpetua Campground, and are doing so again this season. To assist campers and visitors in recognizing local plants and animals, I created, in collaboration with the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center, several picture guides to creatures inhabiting Cape Perpetua and Tilicum Beach Campgrounds and vicinity. These can be downloaded free at
(, and from the US Forest Service Siuslaw National Forest website
Cindy and I live in Sagle, Idaho.

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