Dr. Richard Aronson

Rich Aronson is Professor and Head of Biological Sciences at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1985. His research focuses on how climate change drives biological invasions of Antarctica. Rich combines paleontology and ecology to project the impacts of invasive king crabs on Antarctica’s beautiful, uniquely, and vulnerable sea-floor communities. His second broad interest is in how climate change controls coral reefs. His latest project in Antarctica involves towing an underwater sled from oceanographic vessels to photograph large stretches of the sea floor to track the march of king crabs from the deep sea into shallow water. Rich also develops exercises for K‒12 classes, produces webcasts and microdocumentaries, and gives popular-style lectures.

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