Prof. Knap is the Director of Geochemical and Environmental Research Group (GERG) and Professor of Oceanography. He received his Ph.D. in oceanography in 1978 from the University of Southampton, U.K. Until recently he was Principal Investigator of two very long term ocean measurement programmes off Bermuda funded by the US National Science Foundation: The 58 year Station S and the 23 year Bermuda Atlantic Time-series Station. (BATS). His principal research interests are climate change, environmental science, atmosphere/ocean interactions, effects of chemicals on the marine environment as well as relationships between ocean health and human health. Prof. Knap recently was President, Director and Senior Research Scientist at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) established as Bermuda Biological Station for Research, Inc in 1903 (a US 501 C3 incorporated in 1926 in NY) for 25 years. Prof. Knap serves on expert panels for several international organisations and in January 2012 was appointed to the International Steering Committee for the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS).