Date(s) - Wednesday, February 4, 2015
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa
Robert Rubin is a marine biologist and director of The Pacific Manta Research Group. He earned a Ph.D. in comparative physiology and marine ecology from the University of California, Irvine, studying animals that live at environmental extremes. He has conducted research on fish eating bats, ice breeding seals and sea elephants that dive to depths in excess of 5,000 feet on a single breath. His field studies of the oceanic manta rays have been chronicled and aired international by The Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, BBC and National Geographic.
Robert developed an interest in marine creatures as a teenager while teaching in a youth summer camp on Catalina Island, where he learned to SCUBA dive. The elegance and grace of giant mantas resulted in what is now a passionate pursuit of a scientific understanding of these charismatic giants; which he affectionately refers to as “Flying Carpets of Ebony Silk”.
Robert has taught marine biology at several colleges and universities in California and elsewhere. The recipient of numerous awards for teaching excellence, he has been recognized for his teaching by the California State Assembly and Senate, The Congress of the United States, the University of California, Irvine and Santa Rosa Junior College. He is the recipient of the ASCD award for teaching excellence, and in 1996, he was chosen by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as the California College and University Professor of the Year.