Hillary Viders, Ph.D. has been diving worldwide and working to promote marine conservation for over 30 years. She has authored over 600 articles, academic papers, video scripts, books and book chapters and she is an internationally recognized speaker and consultant. She has served as Adjunct Professor of Environmental Science at New York University's School of Continuing Education in NYC. She also authored the book, Marine Conservation for the 21st Century (Best Publishing) which has been translated into several languages. Hillary Viders was the first Director of Environmental Programs and Projects for the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) and is presently an Honorary Member of the PADI Project Aware Board of Governors and a Member of the Board of Directors of CORAL. In 1991, she founded NAUI’s International Underwater Foundation's flagship program, and she created the first cooperative agreement between the NOAA National Marine Sanctuary Program and the sport diving community. Hillary has consulted to numerous diving related NGOs, businesses, and government agencies, including the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Coast Guard, The U.S. Department of Commerce (NOAA), the NAVY SUPSALV, and the FBI.