I am interested in how animals work. I teach courses in coral reef biology, animal behavior, animal physiology, neurobiology, and human evolution.

For many years, I studied amphibian physiological ecology. But 15 years ago I learned to scuba dive and I became very interested in coral reef biology. My research is devoted to the study of physiological and behavioral ecology of animals with particular emphasis on the responses of animals to environmental stresses. Any insights that we can gain into the ecological requirements of a species benefit us all. Perhaps the insights seem small, but we may not be able to anticipate how those insights will come to form a crucial piece of the biodiversity puzzle in the future.

Frequently, I run a coral reef biology course that is held in the Caribbean island of Grand Cayman. Students learn to scuba dive and to participate in ongoing research on coral reef fish diversity. See video from recent course.

Certified on the Boat

Current Research

Cool Links About Animal Diversity

Evolution in America