Recent News

  • The annual #Astrangia Working Group meeting was awesome! Thanks to our fabulous co-hosts Koty Sharp and Sean Grace, and to Roger Williams University for housing and feeding all of us. Great talks by Laura DiRoberts, Caroline Flemming, Jamie Dela Cruz, and Isabela Trumble, with awesome work by Liz Burmester, Adrienne Breef-Pilz, and Alexa Dudek additionally featured. Yeah! Incoming BU PhD student, Brian Kennedy, accompanied Rotjan to Tarawa in June-July 2018 for the kickoff to “My Deep Sea, My Backyard”, funded by NatGeo/MIT Media Lab. You can follow the blog or follow the Twitter hashtag: #MyDeepSeaBackyard
  • A huge congratulations to Dr. Liz Burmester – our first Ph.D. alum! Liz was co-advised by Finnerty, Rotjan, and Kaufman in the BU Biology Department. We are so proud of you! Liz is now a Restoration Biologist at the Billion Oyster Project in NYC. IMG_1378
  • Rotjan recently attended the 15th meeting of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area Conservation Trust, in Long Beach, CA, with former Kiribati President and current UN Ambassador, His Honorable Teburoro Tito. Welcome to the new PIPA Trust partner, the Aquarium of the Pacific.DaRP1sRVMAEsYHf
  • Congratulations to Rotjan Lab student, Lara Hakam, who was just awarded a NOAA Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship!
  • Rotjan is one of the judges for the prestigious National Geographic Marine Protection Prize. Check it out here.
  • Congratulations to Rotjan Lab students Emma Martin and Jamie Dela Cruz on their recent UROP awards.
  • We are so honored to be a part of a new video project with Kate Furby (Tiny Beaker Media) showcasing Kiribati, the Phoenix Islands Protected Area, and the very first PIPA Scholar, Tekateteke Metai. Thanks so much to NatGeo and the Waitt Institute for their support. All the feels… Follow along on our progress here. 
  • The Rotjan Lab is thrilled to welcome Caroline Fleming into the lab as a new masters student, matriculating Spring 2019. Read more about Caroline here.
  • Submit your abstract by May 1! Pacific Deep-Sea Discoveries: Geological and Biological Exploraton, Patterns, and Processes. Topic Editors: RD Rotjan, D Amon, W Chadwick, S Hammond. Special Research Topic. Frontiers in Marine Science. Still accepting manuscripts (abstracts due 5-1-18)!
  • Congratulations to Rotjan Lab student, Nico Colletier, for getting an exciting summer internship at Mote Marine Lab.
  • Our new book chapter is out! We are so excited! Bonaldo, R. and R.D. Rotjan. 2018. A global perspective of parrotfish corallivory. In: The Biology and Ecology of Parrotfishes. A. Hoey, D. Bellwood, and R. Bonaldo, eds. Science Publishers (An imprint of CRC Press / Taylor & Francis Group). 420 pgs. Biology of Parrotfishes
  • The Rotjan Lab is thrilled to welcome Brian Kennedy into the lab as a new PhD student, matriculating Fall 2018. Read more about Brian here. 
  • Check out an amazing blog by Anna Gauthier from her recent expedition to the Phoenix Islands Protected Area aboard the R/V Falkor. Anna is a joint PhD student in the Rotjan and Kagan labs.Anna-LiquidNitro-768x650
  • Congratulations to Rotjan Lab students Emma Martin and Lara Hakam on their recent UROP awards
  • The Rotjan Lab has a good showing at the Ocean Sciences Meeting in Portland, OR in Feb 2018. There were several talks and posters showcasing our work with some exciting collaborators. Rotjan’s talk on microplastics pollution in Astrangia poculata was highlighted in a recent press story.
  • Happy International Womens Day! Rotjan and collaborators are highlighted for their role in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area in the Republic of Kiribati.Slide1
  • Recent alumna, Dr. Liz Burmester, answers questions on Reddit in her new role as a Restoration Ecologist at the Billion Oyster Project in NYC. Nice job, Liz!