Mark Van Thillo
Born March 18, 1961
Professional & Business Experience
1991 - Present: Chief Operations Officer and Director, Biosphere Foundation and its Division the Planetary Coral Reef Foundation (PCRF), Belize. PCRF conducts research concerning the health and vitality of coral reefs worldwide, research into the origins of sea cultures, and manages an educational seamanship program on an 82' research vessel, Heraclitus. PCRF is conducting continuing studies throughout the Turneffe Atoll in Belize since 1991 and is presently running a six year Indian Ocean expedition to collect data on the coral reefs in the Indian Ocean and China seas.
1994 - 2006: Vice-President of Technical Systems and Quality Control for Global Ecotechnics Corporation, an international project development and management company; GEC's Biospheres Division, Biosphere Technologies is designing and building advanced biospheric systems and semi-enclosed biomic systems.
1986-1994 Space Biospheres Ventures.
1993-1994: Executive Manager of Technical Systems, Space Biospheres Ventures (SBV), AZ. Supervised the operations of and coordinated the maintenance and up-grades of all mechanical systems for Biosphere 2.
1991 - 1993: Co-Captain of the first Biospherian Crew and Executive Manager of Technical Systems, Biosphere 2, SBV. Resided inside Biosphere 2 for two years during its first mission which set world records in waste, water, food, and air recycling.
1986 - 1991: Construction Quality Controller for Biosphere 2 (SBV) called a "marvel of engineering" by Science.
1983-1986: Chief Engineer on R/V Heraclitus during the "Around the Tropic World Expedition," studying agricultural and coral reef systems.
1981-1982: Production Assistant, Petrochim Belgium
1990: Preventative Maintenance Program, Az State
Technical and Scientific Experience:
Diving expeditions on all the major reefs in
the world since 1984
M. Van Thillo. 1993. First Reflections on Two Years Under Glass. Kronos, Germany.
M. Van Thillo, W. Dempster, N. Alvarez-Romo, G. Hudman, S. Silverstone, M. Nelson, A. Alling. From Theory to Practice: The Initial Two-Year Closure of Biosphere 2.1991-1993 Journal of Ecological Engineering (in review).
Fluent in English and Dutch