Paul Anderson, PhD, Research Scientist

Dr. Paul Anderson joined Mystic Aquarium as a research scientist in the fall of 2012. He received a BS in Marine Science from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. As an undergraduate, Dr. Anderson supervised the aquaria of the Galbraith Marine Science Laboratory and investigated the commensal relationship between damselfish and mysid schools in Belize, Central America. In 1997, he joined Mote Marine Aquarium as Aquarist and Mobile Exhibit Coordinator, and later joined The Pier Aquarium as Senior Aquarist and Education Coordinator. His love for science and learning brought him to the University of Florida in 2002, where he earned his PhD in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. During his time as a graduate student, Dr. Anderson developed interests in fish behavior, physiology and sensory biology, and the application of these sciences to improve fish health, welfare and reproduction in the contexts of aquarium husbandry and aquaculture. In 2008, Dr. Anderson joined The Florida Aquarium as its first Conservation and Research Coordinator, cultivating a blossoming and diverse program in marine conservation, research, restoration, rescue and rehabilitation. He later joined The University of Tampa as an adjunct faculty member, training future biologists in fundamental biology and environmental science courses. At Mystic Aquarium, Dr. Anderson rounds out the expertise of the research team with his contributions and insights in fish and elasmobranch behavior, physiology and sensory biology. He has also applied his expertise to complement a productive research program in marine mammal health.