Randi Rotjan, PhD, is a Research Assistant Professor at Boston University in the Department of Biology and the BU Marine Program. Her research focuses mainly on symbiosis and ecophysiology, behavioral ecology, conservation biology, and urban ecology.

Rotjan has been supporting the Phoenix Islands Protected Area science since 2008, and has been leading PIPA science since 2010. She has co-authored numerous internal and peer-reviewed PIPA publications, including the 10-year PIPA Research Vision, a chapter in the book “Underwater Eden,” and “Advances in Marine Biology.” She is the founder and co-Chair of the PIPA Scientific Advisory Committee, which supports the science needs of both the PIPA Trust and the PIPA Management Committee. She is also the Chief Scientist of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area Conservation Trust.

Rotjan received her B.S. from Cornell University and her doctorate from the Biology Department at Tufts University. She then held a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. She then joined the Research Department at the New England Aquarium, where she ran a laboratory as an Associate Research Scientist for 8 years. She is a member of the W2O (Women Working for Oceans) and the Explorers Club, has been on the editorial board of 4 scientific journals, and has co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed papers and 3 book chapters.

When not at sea or in the lab, Rotjan stays close to her 2 young children (ages 3 and 6), her husband, her garden, and her piano.