Dennis Chamberland (born 1951) is an American bioengineer, explorer, and author.
Dennis Chamberland, an aquanaut and Mission Commander for seven NASA underwater missions, designed and built the Scott Carpenter Space Analog Station underwater habitat. Chamberland was elected a Fellow of the New York Explorers Club in 1991.
At the turn of the 21st century, Chamberland had published nearly 100 articles and reference works, mostly dealing with scientific and technical issues. In 1986, Chamberland published a landmark cover story on Genetic Engineering in Christianity Today magazine. Chamberland also published an in-depth interview with General William Westmoreland in the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings that lent a critical insight on the United States' involvement in the Vietnam War. He began writing books and novels in 1994.
Dennis Chamberland had maintained a lifelong interest in the human colonization of the undersea regions of the earth. He calls these regions "Aquatica" and its permanent human citizens "Aquaticans". Chamberland released a book titled, "Undersea Colonies" in 2007 in which he described the imminent permanent human colonization of the seas.
Dennis Chamberland has made three attempts at this process, the first of which began in 1972 while he was a college student at Oklahoma State University. It was his attempt to begin the undersea settlement process beneath Tenkiller Ferry Lake in eastern Oklahoma. His interest continued and he began another serious attempt in 1991, forming a corporate venture called the "League of the New Worlds". Combining his interest in space and ocean explorations, he reasoned that the technologies were in many ways twin technologies. Holding the position as a NASA Life Scientist and developer of Advanced Space Life Support Systems based on Controlled Ecological Life Support Systems for the space agency, he was able to view the two technologies developing simultaneously for all off-planet habitation pursuits.
In 1994, Dennis Chamberland, now a certified aquanaut, planted and harvested the first agricultural crop in a manned habitat on the sea floor off Key Largo. This NASA experiment was titled the OCEAN Project. In two years, Dennis Chamberland had designed and built the Scott Carpenter Space Analog Station, a two-man undersea habitat. In 1997 and 1998, he successfully operated his undersea station near Key Largo, Florida, inviting such guests as filmmaker James Cameron and television producer Rod Roddenberry.
Dennis Chamberland began another attempt at launching the first permanent undersea colony in the Gulf of Mexico in Florida Bay in 1998–1999 called the Trident Project. That project was later reorganized in late 2006 as the Atlantica Expeditions. Dr. Chamberland is the author of the landmark book, Undersea Colonies I and II and is generally considered the world's leading expert on permanent human undersea colonization.
Science and Technology Books
- Undersea Colonies ISBN 978-1-889422-15-2
- Undersea Colonies II - Foundations of a New Empire ISBN 978-1-889422-31-2
- The Proxima Manual of Space Exploration ISBN 978-1-889422-02-2
- Abyss of Elysium – Mars Wars ISBN 978-1-889422-06-0
- Alyete – Dogs of Eros Damned ISBN 978-1-889422-11-4
Aaron Seven Series
- Aaron Seven - Quantum Storms – Aaron Seven ISBN 978-1-889422-08-4
- Aaron Seven - Abyss of Space ISBN 978-1-889422-13-8
- Aaron Seven - Apocalypse Moon ISBN 978-1-889422-28-2
- Aaron Seven - Aquatica ISBN 978-1-889422-30-5
Children of God Series
- Consuming Fire ISBN 978-1-889422-00-8
- The Way Back Home ISBN 978-1-889422-09-1
- Proverbs for My Children - 2nd Edition ISBN 978-1-889422-04-6
- Eternity's Child ISBN 978-1-889422-24-4
- Eventide ISBN 978-1-889422-25-1
- Psalms of Ascent at Noon 978-1-889422-29-9