St. Johns River State College
5001 St. Johns Ave.
Palatka, Florida 32177
Phone: (386) 312-4298
- Ph.D. 2009 Biology, Florida International University
- M.S. 2002 Environmental Science, Long Island University
- B.S. 1983 Biology, Montclair State University
Research & Work Experience
- 2010-present Professor of Biology, St. Johns River State College, Florida.
- 2006- 2014 Environmental Consultant and Project Director for HOVENSA LLC, an oil refinery in the U. S. Virgin Islands.
- 2004-2009 PhD research characterizing the pathologies of coral diseases
- 2002-2003 Fulbright Research Fellow. Investigated coral diseases of the Philippines
- 2000-2002 MS research on Caribbean coral diseases
- 1990- 2000 Lecturer and Curator at St. Croix Aquarium & Marine Education Center
- 1986-1990 Commercial fisherman. St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
Presently professor of Marine Biology and Environmental Science. Co-taught Coral Reef Ecology at Discovery Bay Marine Lab, Jamaica (3-week courses). Trained students in coral reef survey methods. Taught Ecology as Adjunct Professor. Lectured on coral reef ecology for ten years at St. Croix Aquarium & Marine Education Center, a public aquarium in the U. S. Virgin Islands.
My research focuses on diseases of corals and anthropogenic impacts on coral reefs. My graduate and post-graduate research included not only studies of coral diseases on the reefs of the Virgin Islands, Florida Keys, and Philippines but also on the relationships between anthropogenic impacts and coral, seagrass, mangrove, and fish populations.