• Ph.D., Benthic Ecology and Ocean Biogeography, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, U.S.A., 1967
  • B.S., Zoology, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A., 1961

Dr. John Frederick Grassle is a Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey. He has made great contributions to marine environmental conservation through research on ecology and biodiversity of deep-sea organisms. Dr. Grassle proved that an abundant biodiversity exists in the deep sea comparable to that of a tropical rainforest.

Relevant to the biota of the Gulf of Mexico, Dr. Grassle has published the following:

Grassle, J. F., and N. J. Maciolek. 1992. Deep-sea species richness: regional and local diversity estimates from quantitative bottom samples. American Naturalist 139: 313–341.

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