• Dr. Lapota is the US Navy’s leading scientist in bioluminescence research activities and developer of bioluminescence measurement systems and has worked at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, Pacific for 33 years. His academic credentials include a Ph.D. in Biology from University of California, Santa Barbara, an M.A. in Geography and B.S in Zoology from San Diego State University. His accomplishments include more than 30 published manuscripts in the open literature, 37 symposia presentations, 22 oceanographic expeditions, and 10 US Navy patents in bioluminescence instrumentation. Dr. Lapota was also awarded two Exemplary Achievement Awards and the Outstanding Technology Transfer Professional Award from the Federal Laboratory Consortium, for the Qwiklite 200, from Department of Defense in 2008 at SSC PACIFIC. Dr. Lapota is also a member of the American Geophysical Union (Ocean Sciences Member 1981- present) Washington, D.C.; American Society of testing and Materials (Committee E47 - Biological Effects); The Explorers Club, Fellow National (Elected 1989), and the Marine Technology Society.