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Dr. Niels-Viggo Hobbs

Instructor of Marine Biology and Sustainable Aquaculture

Dr. Niels-Viggo Hobbs

Dr. Niels-Viggo Hobbs received his Ph.D. in Biological and Environmental Sciences from the University of Rhode Island where his research focused on the behavioral ecology of crabs and lobsters, and marine community ecology in general. At URI, he taught various ecology and marine biology related courses for over a decade. He has also served as adjunct faculty for Salve Regina, and Northeastern University as part of their prestigious Three Seas program. For two and a half years, Hobbs was a postdoctoral research fellow with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency studying the effects of coastal acidification and hypoxia on coastal invertebrate populations.

 In addition to teaching various ecology related courses, he serves as a contract biologist for the state of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Management Council, supervising their efforts at monitoring marine invasive species threats. Hobbs’s research interests center around the themes of community interaction among marine and coastal invertebrates and algae, especially the impact of invasive species on those communities. Ever since being born in a small coastal town in Denmark, he has spent most of his life near – and often in – the sea and remains transfixed by the remarkable and fascinating weirdness of marine life.

He received the University of Rhode Island’s first Part-time Faculty Teaching Excellence Award in 2018, but still finds the biggest reward from connecting with his students and fostering in them a love for science and intellectual curiosity – making them not just better critical thinkers but also better citizens of the world.


Credentials

Ph.D. in Biological and Environmental Sciences