The Department of Natural Sciences
Associate Professor Biology and Environmental Science
David Gruber completed a PhD in biological oceanography from the Rutgers University Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences in 2007. His research pertains to marine microbial ecology and fluorescent proteins on coral reefs. From 2007 to 2008, David was a postdoctoral fellow at the Brown University Division of Biology and Medicine, working to develop fluorescent proteins into modulatable probes with neurobiological and medical applications. David is a member of the CUNY Macaulay Honors College, a visiting scientist at Brown University and a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History and the Central Caribbean Marine Institute.
In addition, Prof. Gruber is committed to communicating science to the general public. He serves as a scientific advisor and producer for WNYC Studio 360's "Science and Creativity" series and his writings have appeared in The New Yorker, Nature Medicine and The Best American Science Writing 2007. A former tropical forester for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, his research now utilizes Remote Operated Vehicles and extended-range SCUBA to examine marine natural products, fluorescent proteins and bioluminescence on coral reefs. He is the co-author of "Aglow in the Dark: The Revolutionary Science of Biofluorescence" (Harvard University Press, 2006) and he is currently co-producing a 3-D IMAX film on bioluminescence. He holds master's degrees in coastal environmental management from Duke University and in journalism from Columbia University.