Randi D. Rotjan - Curriculum vitae - selected highlights


2016 - Present. Research Assistant Professor, Boston University. Department of Biology / Boston University Marine Program Boston, MA.

2013-2017 Research Faculty. University of Massachusetts-Boston, School for the Environment. Boston, MA.

2008-2016. Associate Research Scientist. New England Aquarium, Research Department, Boston, MA.

2007-2010. Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, Department of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology, Cambridge, MA. Microbial ecology of tubeworm symbionts in the deep-sea. Dr. Colleen Cavanaugh

2007 Ph.D., Tufts University, Department of Biology, Medford, MA.
The patterns, causes, and consequences of parrotfish corallivory in Belize. Dr. Sara Lewis

1999 B.S., Cum laude, Cornell University, Division of Biological Sciences, Neurobiology and Behavior, Ithaca, NY.
Work allocation of honeybee pollen foraging behavior. Dr. Tom Seeley


· Chief Scientist and Co-Chair, Scientific Advisory Board, Phoenix Islands Protected Area
· Editorial Board Member, Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology: http://www.elsevier.com/
· Editorial Board Member, Coral Reefs: http://www.springer.com/life+sciences/ecology/journal/338
· Editorial Board Member, Aquatic Biology: http://www.int-res.com/journals/ab/
· Scientific Reviewer for PLoS One, PLoS Biology, Ecology, Biology Letters, Marine Ecology Progress Series, Coral Reefs, Marine Biology, Botanica Marina, Oecologia, Behaviour, Neotropical Ichthyology, Annales Zoologici Fennici, Aquatic Biology, Marine Biotechnology, Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, Journal of Zoology, etc.
· Session Organizer: Surf and Turf: Establishing New Paradigms by Integrating Theory and Forging Partnerships between Marine and Terrestrial Ecology. Co-chair: Josh Idjadi. Ecological Society of America, Albuquerque, NM. (2009)·
· Founder, New England Coral Reef Science Salon Series

RECENT PUBLICATIONS (past 5 years). For a complete list of publications, click here.

DeFilippo, L., EM Burmester, L Kaufman, and RD Rotjan. 2016. Patterns of surface lesion recovery in the northern star coral, Astrangia poculata. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 481: 15-24 Click here

Kemp, D.W., D.J. Thornhill, R.D. Rotjan, R. Iglesias-Prieto, W.K. Fitt, and G.W. Schmidt. 2015. Spatially-distinct and regionally-endemic Symbiodinium assemblages in the threatened Caribbean reef-building coral Orbicella faveolata. In press, Coral Reefs.

Perrault, JR, EM Muller, ER Hall, and RD Rotjan. 2015. Presence of the northern star coral on a nesting loggerhead turtle. Reef Encounter 30(1): 46 Click here

Rotjan RD, R Jamieson, B Carr, L Kaufman, S Mangubhai, D Obura, R Pierce, B Rimon, B Ris, S Sandin, P Shelley, R Sumaila, S Taei, H Tausig, T Teroroko, S Thorrold, B Wikgren, T Toatu, G Stone. Establishment, management, and maintenance of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area. In: Johnson, ML and J Sandell. 2014. Advances in Marine Biology: Marine Managed Areas and Fisheries, vol. 69. Elsevier, Oxford, UK.

Mangubhai, S, AM Strauch, DO Obura, G Stone, and RD Rotjan. 2014. Short-term changes of fish assemblages observed in the near-pristine reefs of the Phoenix Islands. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 24(2): 505-518 Click here

Dimond, JL, AH Kerwin, RD Rotjan, K Sharp, FJ Stewart, and DJ Thornhill. 2013. A simple temperature-based model predicts the upper latitudinal limit of the temperate coral Astrangia poculata. Coral Reefs 32(2): 401-409 Click here

Rotjan RD and JA Idjadi. 2013. Surf and Turf: Toward better synthesis by cross-system understanding. Oikos 122(2): 285-287 Click here

Newman, RM and RD Rotjan. 2013. Re-examining the fundamentals of grazing: freshwater, marine, and terrestrial similarities and contrasts (Commentary on Burkepile 2013). Oikos 122(2): 317-320 Click here

D.O. Obura and R.D. Rotjan. 2013. Coral reefs and climate change. In: Undewater Eden, Saving the last coral wilderness on earth. G.S. Stone and D.O. Obura, eds. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago. 170 pp.

Edquist, SK and RD Rotjan. 2012. Testing vacancy chain predictions in Pagurus longicarpus hermit crabs: Does ecological gain and behavioral motivation match environmental context? Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 430: 78-86 Click here

Thornhill, DJ, RD Rotjan, BD Todd, GC Chilcoat, R Iglesias-Prieto, DW Kemp, TC LaJeunesse, J McCabe Reynolds, GW Schmidt, T Shannon, ME Warner, and WK Fitt. 2011. A connection between colony biomass and death in Caribbean reef-building corals. PLoS One 6(12): e29535 Click here

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