Rich first became enthralled by the wonders of the natural world around the tide pools and forests of his native New York years ago. Since then, Rich has embarked on a career in conservation biology that has ranged from teaching science and environmental awareness to teenagers from Los Angeles, to traveling the coast and river deltas of Alaska’s North Slope by zodiac to reach remote wetlands where he monitored loon nests. His work focuses on wildlife research and conservation, as well as the sharing of his knowledge and enthusiasm for nature with others.
After such field biology projects as surveys for mammalian carnivores in the mountains of California, bird migration monitoring in Canada, and a study of army-ant-following birds in the Peruvian Amazon, Rich was drawn back to the sea where he taught marine science and island ecology on Catalina Island in California for several years. He has conducted shipboard surveys for marine mammals and seabirds, as well tagging studies of sea turtles and pelagic sharks. Rich lives in the city of Minneapolis, where he gets around (almost) everywhere on his bike.