Focus Carolina: John Bruno
John Bruno is a marine ecologist and professor in the Department of Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research is focused on the impact of climate change on the ocean and marine ecosystems.
His lab group primarily works in the Galápagos and the Caribbean, including Belize and the Bahamas. The lab works on understanding how human activities alter the structure and functioning of marine food web (all animals living in the sea from plankton to coral to fish to seabirds) and what local conservation strategies are effective in mitigating these impacts.
At Carolina, Bruno teaches Marine Ecology and Seafood Forensics and co-leads the College of Arts & Science’s course-based undergraduate research experience leadership team that is developing, implementing and evaluating innovative and interdisciplinary research courses.
Bruno grew up on the ocean in south Florida and came to Carolina in 2001 after a postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell University. He earned a doctorate in ecology and environmental biology at Brown University, where he worked on the ecology of coastal plant communities.
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December 6, 2022