Dr. Richard Brusca

Executive Director Emeritus, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Research Scientist
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Richard (Rick) Brusca is a former Executive Director of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and currently a Research Associate there, and also at the University of Arizona and at the Centro de Investigación en Alimentación y Desarrollo (CIAD) (Mexico).  Dr. Brusca is the author of ~150 research publications and 12 books, including the largest-selling text on invertebrate zoology (Invertebrates, Sinauer Associates; available in four languages) and the popular field guides Common Intertidal Invertebrates of the Gulf of California (UofA Press) and A Seashore Guide to the Northern Gulf of California (ASDM Press).  He is currently developing a new book on the natural history of the Sky Islands of Arizona and NW Mexico with Wendy Moore.  He has been the recipient of more than 100 research grants from the National Science Foundation, NOAA, National Geographic Society, National Park Service, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and other agencies and foundations.  His areas of research include natural history and conservation of the Sonoran Desert and the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez), invertebrate zoology, freshwater and marine ecology, and evolution within the Animal Kingdom.  His PhD is from the University of Arizona (1975).  He has served on panels and boards for many foundations and agencies, including the National Science Board, National Science Foundation, Smithsonian Institution, NOAA, PEW Program in Conservation and the Environment, Public Broadcasting Service, IUCN Species Survival Commission, U.S. Department of the Interior, and others, and he currently serves on the Board of Directors for several Tucson-area nonprofits.  Although Rick has organized and conducted field expeditions throughout the world, on every continent, he has maintained his research programs in the Sonoran Desert and the Gulf of California for more than 40 years.  He is a Fellow in both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Linnean Society of London.

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