Dr. Adam Rosenblatt, assistant professor of biology in the College of Arts and Sciences, teaches Principles of Ecology, General Biology III and a class he developed called Climate Change and Life. He also teaches the graduate level course Community Ecology. His research focuses on how human activities affect other living things, mostly through the lenses of climate change and urbanization. Though a lot of his work uses alligators as a model organism to understand how large predators respond to environmental change, he also works with insects, spiders and sea turtles.
Get to Know Dr. Adam Rosenblatt
What brought you to UNF?
I came to UNF because of its dedication to undergraduate teaching and its well-regarded coastal biology program. Also, I do a lot of research on alligators and northeast Florida is a really exciting place to study them.
What’s one thing in your field of study that people might not know?
Climate change is not a foreign/future/nonhuman problem. It is happening, right now, all around us, and we need to take action as a global human society if we hope to avoid the worst predictions becoming reality. Everyone can still make a difference through individual and collective actions, but we have to commit to confronting the problem head on. Immediately.
What’s the most rewarding academic experience you’ve had at UNF in or out of the classroom?
Taking a boat out on the St. Johns River at night to observe alligators with the graduate and undergraduate students in my lab has been a spectacular experience. From the water the city is quite beautiful at night, and the students get a whole new perspective on Jacksonville and the animals with whom we share this area. Taking a boat out on the St. Johns River at night to observe alligators with the graduate and undergraduate students in my lab has been a spectacular experience. From the water the city is quite beautiful at night, and the students get a whole new perspective on Jacksonville and the animals with whom we share this area.
What do you like most about UNF?
UNF is defined by the people who work, study and teach here. The staff, students, educators, and administrators consistently amaze me with their dedication and desire to solve problems and make the world a better place. Not every school has that type of community.
What is your personal philosophy?
Stay open to all the possibilities life has to offer and practice humility. Lucky for me, it’s pretty easy to be humble when you’re confronted daily by the infinite depths of nature’s complexity.
What advice would you give a student who is about to graduate?
Relax and don’t rush into anything. Give yourself some time to just breathe and figure out where and how your energy can be spent most usefully.