In preparation for the start of the 2011-2012 academic year, Faculty Central will highlight the new members of the full-time faculty over the next few weeks.
Walter Cho joins the biology department in a one-year position as an assistant professor, filling in for associate professor Dorothy Boorse while she is on a grant-funded leave to write an environmental science textbook. Walter earned his B.A. in Biology at Harvard University in 2000 and his Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Joint Program in 2008. His research focuses on the patterns of biodiversity, biogeography, and population connectivity of marine fauna, particularly the invertebrate associates of deep-sea corals. Recently, his research has been concentrated in the Gulf of Mexico, where he has been studying the potential impacts of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill on deep-sea coral communities.