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Randy was born and raised in Colorado, and received his Bachelor's degree in biology from the Colorado College in 1987. He then moved to the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he studied the physiology of deep sea hydrothermal vent and hydrocarbon seep organisms. Randy received his Ph.D. from UC Santa Barbara in 1992. Following completion of his dissertation, he received a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), where he studied the physiology of cold seep organisms in Monterey Bay. Randy completed his MBARI Postdoctoral research in 1995, and accepted a Research Scientist position at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Since joining the aquarium, Randy has served as manager of the Deep Sea Research and Development program, as well as the Life Sciences representative on the core exhibit development team for "Mysteries of the Deep." Since the opening of the deep sea exhibit, Randy has focused his efforts on the aquarium's education and outreach programs, including web, publishing, and public relations. As the Science Communications Manager for the aquarium, Randy was involved in developing education and outreach programs for collaborative research programs in which the aquarium is involved.

In July, 2006 Randy left the aquarium to join ad2, an interactive agency based in El Segundo, CA. Randy is now working with the TOPP program and other clients nation wide, helping them to develop interactive Web, CD-ROM, multimedia presentations and custom software applications to meet their communications needs.

In October, 2008, Randy rejoined the scientific community full-time when he accepted a position at Hopkins Marine Station. Randy is now working as a member of the Block Lab, overseeing public education and outreach activities for the various programs based there.

Contact Information:
Hopkins Marine Station
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Phone: (831) 655-6225

Website URL
Science Communications
Selected Publications

G.I. Matsumoto and R.E. Kochevar, 2003. An Educational Partnership in the Ocean Sciences: Benefits and Lessons Learned. EOS 84 (26): 241-246.

A.S. Peek, B.S. Gaut, R.A. Feldman, J.P. Barry, R.E. Kochevar, R.A. Lutz, and R.C. Vrijenhoek, 2000. Neutral and Nonneutral Mitochondrial Genetic Variation in Deep-Sea Clams from the Family Vesicomyidae. Journal of Molecular Evolution 50: 141-153.

J.C. Felli, R.E. Kochevar, 2000. Rethinking Project Selection at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. INTERFACES 30 (6): 49-63.

J.P. Barry, R.E. Kochevar, 1999. Calyptogena diagonalis, a New Vesicomyid Bivalve from Subduction Zone Seeps in the Eastern North Pacific. The Veliger 42: 117-123.

J.P. Barry and R.E. Kochevar, 1998. A Tale of Two Clams: Differing Chemosynthetic Lifestyles Among Vesicomyids in Monterey Bay Cold Seeps. Cahier de Biologie Marine 39: 329-331.

J.P. Barry, R.E. Kochevar, and C.H. Baxter, 1997. The Influence of Pore-Water Chemistry and Physiology in the Distribution of Vesicomyid Clams at Cold Seeps in Monterey Bay: Implications for Patterns of Chemosynthetic Community Organization. Limnology and Oceanography 42 (2): 318-328.

Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University