EducationPhD in Biological Oceanography, Louisiana State University.
Research and Teaching InterestsCiguatera fish poisoning, harmful algal blooms, coral reef ecology, and phytoplankton
ecology, including the recently-funded “Greater Caribbean Center for Ciguatera Research”
funded through the Centers for Oceans and Human Health Program by the National Science
Foundation and National Institutes of Health.
Courses OfferedParsons uses his research program to mentor undergraduate and graduate students in
aspects of coastal ecosystem health. He also teaches several courses in marine ecology
and data collection and analysis.