Dr. Rubin is the founder and director of the Pacific Manta Research Group, which conducts
field research in the Subtropical Pacific. Our efforts are dedicated to the assessment and the conservation of oceanic manta rays and other marine animals and their critical habitats. The
efforts also include establishment of educational programs about protection and conservation
of marine organisms aboard ships and in colleges and universities in México and the USA. Our recent work hss significantly contributed to The UNESCO
establishment of the Archipélago de Revillagigedo of México as a World Heritage Site.
He has been selected by the State of California, the United States Senate and Congress to
receive their awards for outstanding contributions to college and university teaching. He is the
recipient of the NISOD award for outstanding contributions to higher education and has been
honored by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as “The California
College and University Professor of the Year”. He has worked as a project reviewer and
program developer for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and for the US Department of
Energy (DOE). He presently serves on the foundation boards and as a scientific advisor of
the Save Our Seas, Sea Watch, NOAA Cordell Bank Marine Sanctuary Foundations, and
The international Manta Trust.