I am a biology professor at RIT with a Ph. D. in Genetics. I teach courses in Genetics, Genetic Engineering, Vertebrate Evolution, and Evolution and Creationism. I have a special interest in Dinosaurs and in the relationship between science and popular culture, especially science and religion. I am also very interested in the history and philosophy of biology and have made a intensive study of Darwin's life and work. Currently I am writing a book about Galapagos reptiles.

In 1989 I had the opportunity to visit the Galapagos on what I thought would be a once-in-a-lifetime trip. At the end, however, I knew that I had to come back and I also knew that I wanted to introduce my students to these enchanted islands. Almost every year since then I have organized and led a field course in the Galapagos. I have taken both my daughter (then age 21) and my son (then age 16) on past trips. In addition to my RIT trips, I have led trips for Galapagos Holidays and for Blyth Travel, both in Toronto, and for the Toronto Zoo. 2009 marked my twenty-second trip to the Galapagos.

In addition to my Galapagos visits, I have traveled extensively through Ecuador. On the visit with my son, we travelled deep into the virgin rain forest and then returned to Quito by car, traveling from the Amazon basin up the east side of the Andes. At the end of Galapagos '95, some of my students stayed on with me in South America and we hiked the Inca Trail in the Peruvian Andes and visited Machu Picchu. After the 2004 trip I returned to the rain forest with several of the Galapagos students.

My regular visits to the Galapagos have led me to study Spanish, and while I'm not yet fluent, I can get around pretty well. I have also become very interested in Andean culture, history, art, and music and have sampled traditional Andean cuisine, like cuy - roasted guinea pig. I have read widely about the Incas, Columbus, and the early history of Spanish discovery and conquest in South America.



All Galapagos images and text copyright Dr. Robert H. Rothman

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This site was last updated on 1 September 2002