Patrick J. Krug, Ph.D.

Outstanding Professor Award
Los Angeles
Department of Biological Sciences

The ocean is an endless source of biological questions to explore, and always inspires student interest and engagement—and sometimes truly ‘immersive’ learning on field trips to our tide pools!

A highly regarded marine biologist, Patrick J. Krug has performed field work uncovering new biodiversity in Africa, Australia, the tropical Indo-Pacific and the Caribbean.

Krug studies how migration by larval stages in plankton affects the distribution and evolution of marine animals, and ultimately how lineages diversify into new species over time. His research into the evolutionary relationships among species has led to the discovery and naming of new photosynthetic sea slugs, including some studied for anticancer drug development and biocontrol of invasive algae. He has discussed his findings in public radio and television reports.

Krug has been principal investigator or co-investigator on research grants totaling more than $3 million. He has mentored many research students, including those traditionally underrepresented in the life sciences.