Rich is a postdoctoral fellow at the Graduate School of Oceanography/University of Rhode Island. Rich is examining the stability of fish communities in large marine ecosystems around the world. His work focuses on the variability of specific species over time compared to the variability of broad functional groups. Rich has worked as a researcher at the New England Aquarium working on the intertidal communities of Boston Harbor. He was an environmental educator in the Florida Keys, a salt marsh ecologist for the National Park Service working throughout the east coast and a high school teacher for wards of the state of Maine on board a traditionally rigged schooner.
Rich graduated from Boston University in 1999 with a degree in marine biology and completed his PhD in biological oceanography at the Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island in 2009.