‘A Paradise for Reptiles’ by Robert Rothman

RIT Press book launch puts RIT Professor Emeritus Robert Rothman in the spotlight

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RIT Professor Emeritus Robert Rothman stands with his former student Jay Kucharek, who is working on his master’s degree in environmental science.

RIT professor emeritus Robert Rothman’s career has gone full circle around the Galápagos Islands. His deep knowledge of the place and of natural historian Charles Darwin started with a serendipitous visit to the Galápagos during his early career at RIT. This led to more than 30 return trips and early study abroad experiences for students and staff, concluding in 2023 with his final tour of the archipelago. He retired in 2021 after 37 years at RIT’s Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences.

Now, Rothman’s two-volume book series, published by RIT Press, synthesizes research on the natural history of the archipelago and the reptiles that make it their home. A book launch held April 9 in the Gosnell Hall Atrium celebrated Rothman’s A Paradise for Reptiles: Lizards, Snakes, and Giant Tortoises of the Galápagos Islands, Vol. I, Tortoises, Geckos, and Snakes. RIT Press will release his second volume later this year.

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