Jim Bunch

Oceanographer, scuba instructor, author

Specializing in oceanography, Jim Bunch earned degrees in marine biology from the University of Miami and from Old Dominion Institute of Oceanography. He worked as an oceanographer for the federal government for many years. Currently, he is Recreational Diving Chair for NOAA’s Monitor Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council. As part of his work, he recently explored the three u-boats located just off the NC coast, and is involved in planning their future placement of the Register of Historic Places. An active scuba instructor for 20 years, he has certified hundreds of divers interested in visiting North Carolina shipwrecks. He received the Scuba Schools International Pro5000 award in 1994 for making 5000 dives. He is the author of two books, the 1986 Diving the U-85 and the 2003 U-85 Shadow in the Sea, a Diver’s Reflections, both published by the Deep Sea Press.

*This scholar requests travel support from the hosting organization for distances over the 175 miles covered by the Council stipend. 

Contact (Home): 
(252) 441-4447
Scholar Location: 
Kill Devil Hills
Travel Regions: 
Region 9
Region 10
Region 11
Region 12
Region 13