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Dennis Ancinec graduated San Diego State University, where he received a B.S. degree in biology. His masters degree work was interrupted by a short stint in the Army (trained as a chemical, biological and radiological warfare specialist), later finishing his M.S. degree in biology with a minor in zoology and botany. His thesis dealt with the ecology of Morena Reservoir in eastern San Diego County.
Dennis has taught several courses at City and Mesa College including: natural history, general biology, biostatistics, general botany, California plants, conservation, biological photography, biological oceanography, and marine biology. He started the Mesa College website and served as its webmaster until he retired in 2003.
He’s been actively photographing birds since 2003 and started his photography website in December of 2005. Dennis has photographed about 350 species of birds and an uncounted number of plants, invertebrates, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.
The photo of Dennis was taken in Oak Creek Canyon in Arizona.