Invertebrate zoology, functional morphology, systematics, evolution, biodiversity
Research in my lab is dedicated to the study of invertebrate diversity at all levels of biological organization. The chief focus is on microscopic invertebrates of the interstitial and planktonic realms, such as gastrotrichs, plathelminths, and rotifers, although research on any aquatic invertebrate is welcome. Examples of the range of on-going projects include: 1) immunohistochemistry of the rotifer nervous system; 2) functional morphology of the head and pharynx in marine gastrotrichs; 3) systematics of typhloplanoid flatworms; and 4) structure of the neuromuscular system of neomeniomorph molluscs. Research is both field and laboratory based, with a strong emphasis on comparative studies and structure-function relationships.
Dr. Rick Hochberg is an Assistant Professor of Zoology at UML. He joined the university in 2005 after several years of postdoctoral research at the Queensland Museum in Brisbane, Australia and the Smithsonian Marine Station in Fort Pierce, Florida. His research is focused on the anatomy, ecology and evolution of the minor “aschelminth” phyla. His long-term goals are to attract more students to the study of “aschelminth” biology and raise awareness about the roles of these minor taxa in ecology and evolution. Dr. Hochberg teaches courses in Invertebrate Zoology (Introductory and Advanced), Marine Biology, and related courses. He is also a Research Associate with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.