Long before Dr. David E. Guggenheim was co-chair of the Everglades Coalition or vice president of the Ocean Conservancy, he was a camper at Seacamp. Here, his interest in nature grew to lead him to a Ph. D. in both environmental science and public policy. Before taking his current position with the Ocean Conservancy, Dr. Guggenheim served for four years as president and CEO of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida where he raised environmental awareness and supported advocacy -- giving the organization a voice in the State Capitol in Tallahassee and in the Nation's Capitol in Washington, D.C.
On July 22, 2001, decades and the beginning of an illustrious career after he first stayed on Newfound Harbor, Dr. Guggenheim returned to Seacamp to share his knowledge and experience with a new generation of campers.
"Diving with DeepWorker"
July 22, 2001
Dr. Guggenheim shared videos of his experiences studying the underwater South Florida ecosystem in a single-person submersible known as DeepWorker. The opportunity came about as part of the Sustainable Seas Expedition, a five-year research and public education project including visits to all twelve national marine sanctuaries.
He eagerly accepted the opportunity to participate in the SSE while serving as the Florida co-chair of the Everglades Coalition because he hoped that the research capabilities tools like DeepWorker open up in the Florida Keys would help him to understand how the health of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary affects the Everglades.
Dr. Guggenheim was able to pilot the DeepWorker without any prior naval or submarine experience because its operation is straightforward, safe and versatile, not too mention that the submersible itself is relatively inexpensive.
He spoke on the claustrophobic affects of being in the DeepWorker, shared his findings with campers and left them with the message that the South Florida ecosystem is an invaluable, interconnected research that needs to be preserved.