Randi Rotjan

Faculty Associate
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Boston University


BS Cornell University; PhD Tufts University


Randi Rotjan is a Research Assistant Professor at Boston University in the Biology Department and in the Boston University Marine Program. She received a B.S. from Cornell University, a Ph.D. from Tufts University, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University. She was an Associate Research Scientist at the New England Aquarium for 8 years, where she simultaneously held positions at UMass Boston and the Smithsonian Institution. She is the co-Chief Scientist of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) Conservation Trust. In that role, she leads the science program for the worlds’ largest and deepest UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is a natural laboratory for global change due to its geographic positioning in relationship to Central Pacific ENSO events, and which is fully closed to all commercial extractive activities. Rotjan is also the founder and co-Chair of the PIPA Scientific Advisory Committee. She is a member of Women Working for Oceans (W2O) and the Explorers Club, and is on the Board of Directors for The Nature Conservancy – Caribbean, and the Friends of the Middlesex Fells. She lives in the Boston area with her two sweet children, awesome husband, and a yard full of native plants.