Diving the Island of Stone Money: The pristine reefs and fascinating history of Yap

Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Monthly Lecture Series July 11th, 2019 “Diving the Island of Stone Money: The pristine reefs and fascinating history of Yap” Lecture by Steven Trainoff, Ph.D. Sponsored by: Marie L. Morrisroe Yap is a member of the…

Diving the Island of Stone Money: The pristine reefs and fascinating history of Yap

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Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Monthly Lecture Series July 11th, 2019

“Diving the Island of Stone Money: The pristine reefs and fascinating history of Yap”

Lecture by Steven Trainoff, Ph.D.

Sponsored by: Marie L. Morrisroe

Yap is a member of the Caroline Islands of the western Pacific Ocean, a state within the Federated States of Micronesia. It is also known as the Island of Stone Money due to its curious history of using giant stone coins as the medium of trade. It has a rich cultural and maritime history and is surrounded by healthy, vibrant reefs. We invite you to come hear a little about this fascinating place and the rare and beautiful sea creatures that call it home.

Steven Trainoff earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Caltech, and a Ph.D. in experimental physics from UCSB. The Chief Scientist for Wyatt Technology Corporation, Dr. Trainoff designs optical instruments for pharmaceutical and material science research and has been elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society. In his free time, he has been traveling the globe photographing the strange and beautiful creatures that inhabit the underwater world.

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