In 1993, Jim Hendee was the originator of the Coral Health and Monitoring Program (CHAMP), which included the Coral-List list-server, the Coral Reef Early Warning System (CREWS), and the Integrated Coral Observing Network (ICON). CHAMP has been funded over the years by the Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP), the High Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC) office, the NOAA Ocean and Atmospheric Research (OAR) line office, and the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) in Miami, Florida. CHAMP now includes other research projects originated and funded by other personnel such as those found on this web site. Hendee received his B.S. in marine biology from Florida State University, his M.S. in marine biology from the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, and his Ph.D. in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University. At the time of his retirement Hendee was the Director of the Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division of AOML and an oceanographer with NOAA.