Ecologist, Surfer, Writer, Photographer


As a scientist, Tissot has completed thousands of SCUBA dives and hundreds of submersible excursions across the coral reefs and deep seas of the Pacific. Through his research, he has advocated for the conservation of marine resources through testimony and law creation. He has published 80 scientific papers and his research has been featured in major media including Scientific American, National Geographic, Smithsonian magazine, the New York Times, Washington Post, and several films.


As a photographer, Tissot has produced classic 1970s surfing and skating videos on YouTube as well as more science and nature films.

…authentic and beautifully raw material, the footage is testimony to a whole generation of californian surfers, mostly teenagers who cruised through places like La Jolla, Shell Beach or Santa Cruz looking for the perfect wave.

— Great Surf Movies blog


As a writer, Tissot promotes ocean conservation to a broader audience through his blog and novels. In addition to nature writing, the underlying theme of his science fiction is resolving conflict while creating environmental awareness and stewardship. His books are based on scientific research in marine biology, astrobiology, oceanography, geology, and astronomy. In 2020, he published his first science fiction book, Songs of Thalassa, the first of three books in the Songs of the Universe series. His second book, Songs of Hina will be available in early 2023.

Science fiction…has immense value as a mind-stretching force [and] can lead young minds through an imaginative exploration of the jungle of political, social, psychological, and ethical issues that will confront these children as adults.” 

— Alvin Toffler, Author of Future Shock



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