Richard C. Brusca


Welcome to Richard C. Brusca’s web site.   Rick is an invertebrate zoologist, marine biologist, conservation ecologist, Southwestern naturalist, and desert rat.  He is Executive Director, Emeritus, of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (and currently a Research Associate).  He is also a Research Scientist at the University of Arizona and the Centro de Investigación en Alimentación y Desarrollo (CIAD), Mexico.  Rick is the author of over 170 research publications and 13 books, including the largest-selling text on invertebrate zoology (Invertebrates, Sinauer Associates; available in four languages) and the popular field guides Common Intertidal Invertebrates of the Gulf of California (UofA Press), A Seashore Guide to the Northern Gulf of California (ASDM Press), and A Natural History the Santa Catalina Mountains, with an Introduction to the Madrean Sky Islands (ASDM Press).  He has been the recipient of more than 100 research grants from the National Science Foundation, NOAA, National Geographic Society, Charles Lindberg Foundation, National Park Service, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and many other agencies and foundations.  Rick’s area of greatest interest is the Sea of Cortez and the Sonoran Desert.  He has served on panels and boards for many foundations and agencies, including the National Science Board, National Science Foundation, Smithsonian Institution, NOAA, PEW Program in Conservation and the Environment, Public Broadcasting Service, IUCN Species Survival Commission, U.S. Department of the Interior, and others.  He has served on more than a dozen non-profit boards, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for several Tucson-area and Mexican non-profits, including Tohono Chul Park ( and Comunidad y Biodiversidad ( (see CV for complete list).  Although he has organized and conducted field expeditions throughout the world, in over 50 countries and on every continent, he has maintained his research programs in the Sonoran Desert and the Gulf of California for more than 40 years.  He is an elected  Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Linnean Society of London (FLS), and the California Academy of Sciences.  He is also a recipient of the Luminaria Award from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.  Contact me.

• Daughter Carlene Brusca with grandson Giovanni Ricardo Brusca; RCB with wife Wendy Moore.

• Rick Brusca’s primary region of interest.