Wally Rich

Ph.D. Students

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interests

​I am broadly trained in ecology and am particularly interested in how species interactions are affected by the anthropogenic change (ocean warming, overfishing, nutrient enrichment, etc.). Within that context, I hope to study how stressors affect reef-forming corals (i.e., physiology) and the subsequent effects to coral reef communities (i.e., competitive interactions, herbivory, etc.). 

Selected Publications

  • Physiological and biochemical responses of a coralline alga and a sea urchin to climate change: implications for he... 
    Rich WA, N Schubert, VF Carvalho, N Schlapfer, A Horta, PA Horta
    Marine Environmental Research 142, pp. 100-107, (2018)
  • Effects of Rag1 aphid-resistant soybean on mortality, development, and preference of brown marmorated stink bu 
    Rich WA, RL Koch
    Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, 158: 109-117, (2016)
  • Stink bug (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Pentatomidae) feeding and phenology on early-maturing soybean in Minnesota 
    Koch RL, WA Rich
    Journal of Economic Entomology, 108: 2335-2343, (2015)


  • ​M.Sc.; Ecology, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil 2018
  • B.Sc.; Ecology, Evolution & Behavior, University of Minnesota, USA 2012 

Professional Profile

  • ​2016-2018: M.S. Student, Department of Ecology and Zoology, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil
  • 2013-2016: Junior Scientist, Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota, USA 


  • ​Paul C. Silva student grant (International Phycological Society, 2017)
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (University of Minnesota, 2011) 

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
  • Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE)

Research Interests Keywords

​Coral ecology Global change biology Species interactions