Literary Works

OO’s founder, Michael Lombardi, is an avid author of technical and popular subjects related to the life aquatic. In addition to his syndicated Blog featured on this website, the following are his published works. 100% of commerce from the sale or sponsorship of literary work benefits Ocean Opportunity Inc.

Books/Manuals (you can buy books here)

Lombardi, MR. (2014). Exosuit ADS Training & Proficiency Guide. JFW internal document, sanctioned by Technical Diving International. US Copyright Registration TXu-1-906-153. March 1, 2014. 49pp.

Lombardi, MR. (2012). My Providence : A Collection of Prose & Proverbs, Volumes I & II. Foreword by Catherine Booker, Edited by Hannah Begley. 80pp. ISBN 146796333X. Buy it now!

Lombardi, MR. (2010). Black Beans, Mean Business: A Survival Guide for Struggling Entrepreneurs. 3rd Edition. 50pp. ISBN 978-1450585309. Buy it now!

Johnston, MS, Lombardi, ML, & Schmitt (eds.) (2008). Manual for Ventilator Dependent Quadriplegic Diving: A Resource Guide for Adaptive SCUBA Programs, 1st Edition. Foreword by John Chatterton. Blue Ocean Publishing. 34pp. ISBN 978-1440430756. Buy it now! 

Peer-reviewed Technical/White Papers

Krauss, A., and Lombardi, MR. (2016) A Case Study in Exploration: A Tiny Fish with a Big Name Sets the Hook into Grades 4-5 Ocean Literacy. CURRENT: The Journal of Ocean Education. National Marine Educators Association (NMEA). Volume 30, No. 2, Fall/Winter 2016. Pp. 25-33.

Lombardi, MR. (2016) Proposed Standards of Practice and Recommendations for Inclusion of Atmospheric Diving System (ADS) End-User Training and Operations within the Scientific Community. In Lobel, LK., & Lombardi, MR. (editors) (2016) Diving for Science 2016: Proceedings of the AAUS 35th Scientific Symposium, September 20-14, 2016, Narragansett, RI. Dauphin Island, AL: American Academy of Underwater Sciences. ISBN 978-0-9962343-1-3. Pp. 86-98.

Wartenberg, R. Lombardi, MR, and Chan, LL. (2016) Triple-Redundant Hookah Diving System for Remote Inshore Aquaculture Husbandry and Science is Cost Effective, Efficient, and Safe. In Lobel, LK., & Lombardi, MR. (editors) (2016) Diving for Science 2016: Proceedings of the AAUS 35th Scientific Symposium, September 20-14, 2016, Narragansett, RI. Dauphin Island, AL: American Academy of Underwater Sciences. ISBN 978-0-9962343-1-3. Pp. 99-114.

Lombardi, MR. (2016) A Paradigm Shift for Human Exploration of the Sea: Standards of Practice, Training, and Program Development for Atmospheric Diving. Marine Technology Society Journal. Volume 50, Number 1. January/February 2016. Pp. 27-33 w/cover photo.

Lombardi, MR. (guest editor) (2013) Marine Technology Society Journal: Diving Technologies & Techniques for the 21st Century. Volume 47, Number 6. November/December 2013. 100pp.

Lombardi, MR., Burleson, W., Godfrey, J., and Fryburg, R. (2013). An Experimental Deployment of a Portable Inflatable Habitat in Open Water to Augment Lengthy In-Water Decompression by Scientific Divers. Marine Technology Society Journal: Diving Technologies & Techniques for the 21st Century. Volume 47, Number 6. November/December 2013. Pp 52-63.

Lombardi, MR. (2011) A Visual Profile of the Vertical Mesophotic Coral Ecosystem of the Tongue of the Ocean (TOTO), Andros, Bahamas to 100 meters. Proceedings of the 2011 American Academy of Underwater Sciences Annual Symposium, pp. 9-12.

Lombardi, MR. and Godfrey, J. (2011) In-water strategies for scientific diver based examinations of the vertical Mesophotic Coral Ecosystem (vMCE) from 50 to 150 meters. Proceedings of the 2011 American Academy of Underwater Sciences Annual Symposium, pp. 13-21.

Lombardi, MR, and Lesser, MP. (2010) The annual gametogenic cycle of the sea anemone Metridium senile from the Gulf of Maine. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. Volume 390, Issue 1, pp. 58-64.

Lombardi, MR. and Barao, T. (2008) Considerations for Configuration, Performance, and Utility of Hybrid Mixed-Mode Integrated Life Systems for Manned Undersea Intervention. In 2008 Proceeding of the Society for Human Performance in Extreme Environments Annual Symposium. 18pp.

Lombardi, MR. and Wible, DS. (2004) The CCR2000: a computer controlled closed-circuit rebreather system for industrial and exploration diving. Proceedings of Underwater Intervention. 6pp.

Lombardi, MR. (2003) Considerations for scientific technical diving: An overview of logistics, procedures, and implications for program development. ‘Diving for Science 2003’ proceedings of the 22nd annual American Academy of Underwater Sciences symposium, pp. 43-58.

Lombardi, MR, Lesser, MP, and Gorbunov, MY, (2000) Fast Repetition Rate (FRR) Fluorometry: variability of chlorophyll a fluorescence yields in colonies of the corals, Montastraea faveolata (w.) and Diploria labyrinthiformes (h.) recovering from bleaching. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. Vol. 252, pp. 75-84.

Edited Manuals & Standards

Lobel, LK., & Lombardi, MR. (editors) (2016) Diving for Science 2016: Proceedings of the AAUS 35th Scientific Symposium, September 20-14, 2016, Narragansett, RI. Dauphin Island, AL: American Academy of Underwater Sciences. ISBN 978-0-9962343-1-3. 189 pages.

Lombardi, MR. (2014). Technical Diving International (TDI) Exosuit ADS Training Standard. Edit 2014.

Lombardi, MR. (editor) (2014) Exosuit Atmospheric Diving System Manual. Sections 1 – 7. JFW internal document. Revision 1, April 22, 2014. 349 pages.

Lombardi, MR. (editor) (2011) Standards of Operation & Safe Practices for Scientific Diving. American Museum of Natural History internal document. 81pp.

Lombardi, MR. (editor) (ed. 2008) Dive Safety Manual & Standards for Commercial Diving and Undersea Operations. Document for CDS LLC to comply with ADC Consensus Stds. 210 pp.

Lombardi, MR & Lewis, S. (editor) (2007) SDI Deep & Computer Diver Specialty Course Instructor Guide. Published by International Training Inc.

Lombardi, MR. & McIntyre, W. (ed. 2006) Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving Operations. Fathom Research LLC. internal document. 211pp.

Lombardi, MR. (editor) (2006) Standards for Scientific Diving and Undersea Operations. for AAUS program compliance. Fathom Research LLC. internal document. 84pp.

Lombardi, MR (editor) (2005) Standards for Scientific Diving. Perry Institute for Marine Science-AAUS Scientific Diving Manual. 76pp.

Lombardi, MR (editor) (2004) Standards for Scientific Diving. Perry Institute for Marine Science-AAUS Scientific Diving Manual. 81pp.

Lombardi, MR (editor) (2003). Operational Guidelines for Advanced Diving Modes for Undersea Research and Exploration. Applied Subsea Technologies internal document, 23pp.

Lombardi, MR (editor) (2002). The Next Step: Mixed Gas Technical Diving ‘Science 300 feet deep’ Procedures for diving operations using mixed-gas, open-circuit SCUBA with staged, in-water decompression for conducting undersea science exploration. PIMS-CMRC/NOAA-NURC internal document. 33pp.

Lombardi, MR (editor), (2002). Operational Guidelines for Open-circuit Mixed-gas Decompression Diving for Undersea Research and Exploration. Applied Subsea Technologies internal document. 25pp.

Lombardi, MR (editor) (2001). Standards for Scientific Diving and Undersea Research Operations. AST internal document. 45pp.

Gray/Photojournalist Works

Lombardi, MR. (2016) Caribbean Marine Research Centers: Past and Future. Soapbox feature editorial. Sea Technology Magazine. August 2016.

Lombardi, MR and Clark, JF. (2013) Training Regimen for Exosuit Atmospheric Diving System: Considerations for Next-Generation Scientific and Commercial Applications. Sea Technology Magazine. December 2013. Pp. 10-13.

Lombardi, MR. (2013- ) Special Blog Series: #thehumanelement. Hosted on National Geographic Society’s Explorer’s Journal.

Lombardi, MR. (2013) Excerpts from My Providence. OCEAN Magazine. Spring 2013 Issue.

Lombardi, MR. (2012) Bahama Deep. The Explorers Journal. Summer 2012. Vol. 90, No. 2, pp 46-52.

Lombardi, MR. (2012) Deep. OCEAN Magazine Winter 2012 Issue.

Lombardi, MR. (2011) Redefining ‘Depth Perception’ for Scientific Diving Standards. Sea Technology Magazine, December 2011, pp 21-25. with cover photo.

Lombardi, MR. (2011) Deep Solace. OCEAN Magazine Spring 2011 Issue.

Lombardi, MR. (2009) A Reef from Ruins. Rhode Island Monthly Magazine. August 2009.

Lombardi, MR. (2009) Een blik onder en daaronder De Bahamiaanse blauwe gaten. ReefSecrets. Jaargang 3 | Nummer 2. pp. 34-37.

Lombardi, MR. (2009) A Glimpse Below and Beneath : The Bahamian Blue Holes. Published on CoralScience.org. Released February 16, 2009.

Lombardi, MR. (2008) Bad Reputation. Rhode Island Monthly Magazine. December 2008.

Lombardi, MR. (2008) Interview: Dr. Walter Starck. The Summit Journal. Released February 6, 2008.

Lombardi, MR. (2007) Are you ‘H.A.P.P.Y.’ with your closed-circuit rebreather at the water’s edge? The Summit Journal. Released December 17, 2007.

Lombardi, MR. (2007) Matthew Johnston: A Will to Live, Odds to Defy, and a Dream to Dive. The Summit Journal. Released August 28, 2007.

Lombardi, MR. (2007) Technical Diving the 7 C’s. The Summit Journal. Released August 28, 2007.

Lombardi, MR. (2007) MIT & URI student engineers collaborate to develop rebreathers for science. AAUS ‘the SLATE’ Issue 2, p 24.

Lombardi, MR. (2007) Discovering Cures for Disease from the Ocean. Contribution to Omuse.com beta. March 2007.

Lombardi, MR. (2006) Thunderball Grotto: Dive to Thrill. Northeast Dive News Volume 2 Issue 8, August 2006. pp 18-19.

Lombardi, MR. (2006) Mystery in the Trenches. The Summit Journal. Released June 1, 2006. 2pp, plus photos.

Lombardi, MR. (2006) Inspiration, Desolation, and Refrigeration in Antarctica. The Summit Journal. Released April 6, 2006. 3pp, plus photos.

Lombardi, MR. (2005) PIMS is Gettin’ Down. Perry Currents quarterly newsletter. Volume 3, issue 3.

Lombardi, MR. (2005) Technical Diving the 7C’s. Dive Chronicles Magazine May/June ’05 Issue. pp 69-71.

Lombardi, MR. (2004) Rebreather Technology: there is a market, but can anyone deliver? Sea Technology Magazine, December 2004 Issue, pp. 15-19, w/cover photo.

Lombardi, MR. (2004) Expedition K-068: Antarctica. Dive Chronicles Magazine May/June ’04 Issue pp. 46-51.

Lombardi, MR, and Smith, D. (2004) Perry Institute for Marine Science hosts closed-circuit technology. AAUS ‘the SLATE’ volume 2, pp. 11-13.

Lombardi, MR, and Graff, S. (2004) Sweating the small stuff: One diver’s encounter with a marine bacterium. Alert Diver Magazine May/June ’04 Issue pp. 52-55.

Lombardi, MR, and Slattery, M. (2003). Marine Cave Systems: Unveiling significant natural resources and a fragile community. AAUS ‘the SLATE’ volume 3, pp.8/9.

Lombardi, MR, Kakuk, BJ, Lesser, MP. (2002) Caribbean Marine Research Center Hosts First Technical Diving for Science Program. Journal of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences: AAUS’ ‘the SLATE’ October issue.

Published Abstracts

Chan, LL, WU, JJ, Chan, LL, Lombardi, MR, Scherbatyuk, A. (2017) Development of key innovation technologies for genetic resources and natural products discovery of marine microperiphyton from mesophotic, disphotic or aphotic submarine environments within the euphotic zone and beyond. 2017 International Marine Drugs Symposium (IMDS 2017). China Ocean University. November 5‐9, 2017 in Qingdao, China.

Chan, LL, Mak, Maggie YL, Wu, JJ, Wartenberg, Chak, CK,  Godfrey, J, Lombardi, MR., Jewell, M, Wong, PY, Lau, K.L. (2016) Advanced Scientific Diving: an essential tool in underwater scientific research. International Symposium on Marine Engineering Geology (ISMEG 2016). Qingdao, China Ocean University 23-24 October, 2016.

Piispanen, RA., Lombardi, MR., and Burleson, W. (2016). Variable Depth Capability for Portable Inflatable Habitats. In Lobel, LK., & Lombardi, MR. (editors) (2016) Diving for Science 2016: Proceedings of the AAUS 35th Scientific Symposium, September 20-14, 2016, Narragansett, RI. Dauphin Island, AL: American Academy of Underwater Sciences. ISBN 978-0-9962343-1-3. Pp. 144-150.

Lombardi, MR. (2015) Micro- and mini- habitats for enhanced efficacy of underwater sample acquisition and processing. International Conference for Undersea Science, Technology, and Education (ICUSTE) 2015. City University of Hong Kong.

Lombardi, MR. (2004) New Technology, New Environments, New Diversity…Well Within Reach. 33rd Annual Benthic Ecology Meeting 2004.

Lombardi, MR. (2000) Fast Repetition Rate (FRR) Fluorometry: variability of chlorophyll a fluorescence yields in colonies of the corals, Montastraea faveolata (w.) and Diploria labyrinthiformes (h.) recovering from bleaching. 30th Annual Benthic Ecology Meeting 2000.

Acknowledged for critical support

Sparks, J. et al. (2015). Explore21 Solomon Islands Expedition Aboard the Research Vessel Alucia: the Inaugural Explore21 Expedition, September 2013. American Museum of Natural History. Copyright 2015. AMNH Call# QH641.E97_2013. 60pp.

Mehr, S., Verdes, A., DeSalle, R., Sparks, J., Pieribone, V. and Gruber, D. (2015) Transcriptome sequencing and annotation of the polychaete Hermodice carunculata (Annelida, Amphinomidae). BMC Genomics (2015) 16:445 DOI 10.1186/s12864-015-1565-6.

Sparks JS, Schelly RC, Smith WL, Davis MP, Tchernov D, et al. (2014) The Covert World of Fish Biofluorescence: A Phylogenetically Widespread and Phenotypically Variable Phenomenon. PLoS ONE 9(1): e83259. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0083259.

Cook, Gina. (2014) Connecting clicks to context: National Geographic’s contextual approach to covering environment issues in a digital era. University of Missouri Master’s Thesis. 57 pp.

Balt, Christelle. (2014) Subestuarine Circulation and Dispersion In Narragansett Bay. URI Open Access Dissertations. Paper 198.

Slattery M, Gochfeld DJ, Easson CG, O’Donahue LRK (2013) Facilitation of coral reef biodiversity and health by cave sponge communities. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 476:71-86. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps10139

Sparks, J., Gruber, D. (2012) A New Mesophotic Clingfish (Teleostei: Gobiesocidae) from the Bahamas. Copeia. Vol. 2012, No. 2, pp. 251-256.

Slattery, M., and Lesser, MP. (2012) Mesophotic coral reefs: a global model of community structure and function. Proceedings of the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium, Cairns, Australia http://www. icrs2012. com/proceedings/manuscripts/ICRS2012_9C_2. pdf. 2012.

Lesser, MP., and Slattery, M. (2011) Phase shift to algal dominated communities at mesophotic depths associated with lionfish (Pterois volitans) invasion on a Bahamian coral reef. Biol Invasions (2011) 13:1855-1868.

Stoner, A., Davis, M., Booker, C. (2009) Queen Conch Stock Assessment – Proposed MPA and Fishing Grounds, Berry Islands, Bahamas. Position Paper & Technical Document submitted to Government of the Bahamas.

Lesser, MP. (2006) Benthic-pelagic coupling on coral reefs: Feeding and growth of Caribbean sponges. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. Vol. 328, pp. 277-288.

Lesser, MP., Lamare, MD., Barker, MF. (2004) Transmission of Ultraviolet Radiation through the Antarctic Annual Sea Ice and Its Biological Effects on Sea Urchin Embryos. Limnology and Oceanography. Vol. 49, No. 6, pp. 1957-1963.

Gear Reviews

Lombardi, MR. (2008) Gear Review: Osprey SpaceStation 140. The Summit Journal/GearReviews.org. Released December 29, 2008.

Lombardi, MR. (2008) Gear Review: Julbo Sail XL Eyewear. The Summit Journal. Released July 13, 2008.

Lombardi, MR. (2008) Gear Review: Kirby Morgan Superlite 27 Dive Helmet. The Summit Journal. Released July 13, 2008.

Lombardi, MR. (2008) Gear Review: Kirby Morgan Superlite 57 Dive Helmet. The Summit Journal. Released February 1, 2008.

Lombardi, MR. (2008) Gear Review: Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight Pro & .9. The Summit Journal. Released February 1, 2008.

Lombardi, MR. (2006) Gear Review: Keen Newport H2 Footwear. The Summit Journal. Released September 12, 2006.

Lombardi, MR. (2006) Gear Review: Cressi-sub Master Frog Fins. The Summit Journal. Released June 29, 2006.

Lombardi, MR. (2006) Gear Review: Hydro Optix Mega 4.5 mask. The Summit Journal. Released June 28, 2006.