About the Author
When not diving and photographing fish, Dr. Klaus M. Stiefel is a neurobiologist. Born in 1972, he grew up near Vienna, Austria, where he then studied Biology at the University of Vienna. After graduating, he moved on to get his doctorate at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt, Germany. He then joined the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, USA, before moving to Okinawa, Japan in 2006 and to the University of Western Sydney in Australia in 2011. Klaus got scuba certified together with his dad in Sicilly, Italy, in 1989 and has since dived in Corsica, Mauritius, the Egyptian Red Sea, an Austrian alpine lake, Southern California, The Pacific coast of Mexico, Cuba, Hawaii, Okinawa, Yonaguni and the Izu peninsula in Japan, Yap, Palau, the Great Barrier Reef, Coral Sea and the Sydney area in Australia and many places in the Philippines. Klaus has published his under water photography in the Mabuhay in-flight magazine of Philippine Airlines, Under Water Photography Magazine, Skin Diver Magazine (as the winner of the beginner macro category of the 2007 Kona Classic photography competition), and in a variety of on-line marine-life, conservation and biology blogs.