Graduate Biology Program Director
My research interests are in the areas of tropical marine ecophysiology, coral reef biodiversity and conservation, and marine invertebrate and vertebrate physiology and ecology. Although based at Loma Linda University, in Loma Linda, California, my research takes me to some great places around the globe.
With some of the most interesting organisms to work on and some of the most beautiful places on the planet to work in, I have what I consider to be one of the best jobs in the world!
Ricardo A. Escobar III, M.S.
Director of Undergraduate Environmental Sciences
My research is currently focused on the conservation, biodiversity, behaviors, and ecology of reptiles in the Bahamas. Ongoing projects include the movement ecology of the Bimini Boa (Epicrates s. foster) and the Sandy Cay (White Cay) Rock Iguana (Cyclura r. cristata). In addition, I am studying the taxonomy of Cyclura rileyi spp. and the boas in the genus Epicrates. Lately, I have also developed a passion for drought tolerant and native California plants, being involved in a few small restoration projects, and hope to soon include them into my research goals.
My students and I study a diverse range of topics and organisms. We are primarily focused on the biology and toxinology of venemous animals (snakes, scorpions, spiders, centipedes), which we explore using molecular, proteomic, morphological, ecological, and behavioral approaches. We also investigate the taxanomy, behavior, ecology, and conservation of endangered reptiles and birds in the California and Caribbean Islands biodiversity hotspots.