Dr. Greg Rouse is currently a Professor in the Marine Biology Research Division at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego. He is also the Curator of the Benthic Invertebrate Collection at Scripps. Rouse earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. at the University of Queensland in Australia and then obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Sydney. Following postdoctoral research at Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, Rouse returned to Australia where he was a research fellow at the University of Sydney before joining the South Australian Museum as a Research Scientist. He then joined the faculty at Scripps in 2006.
Dr. Rouse uses morphological and molecular data to assess phylogenetic relationships among animals. His morphological studies range across both adult and larval anatomy using transmission and scanning electron microscopy as well as confocal laser scanning microscopy. This is often combined with molecular (DNA sequence) data to infer phylogenetic relationships and hence evolutionary patterns. Dr. Rouse has been on numerous oceanographic expeditions involving deep sea habitats and has visited whale falls, hydrothermal vents and methane seeps numerous times. His research includes collaboration with researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Research Institute, investigating the extraordinary bone-devouring worms, Osedax. Rouse’s research interests also include the study of new hydrothermal vent animals from the eastern and western Pacific, as well as methane seeps in the eastern Pacific. He has discovered and named more than 80 species of animals.