René Clark

PhD Candidate in Ecology & Evolution

Rutgers University

I am currently a PhD candidate in Ecology & Evolution at Rutgers University, where my research interests include molecular ecology and marine conservation. Most of my current work involves using population genomics tools and techniques to assess how marine populations are changing through both space and time, with emphasis on how we as humans are driving such processes around the globe. I am particularly interested in questions of adaptation and selection, as well as assessing the adaptive potential of tropical fish species.

When not doing my own research, I am also very passionate about getting our younger generations engaged in scientific endeavors. Prior to working at Rutgers I spent several years working in the Philadelphia Public School District supplementing science curriculum with hands-on activities, and running science summer camps for all age groups. I also served as the Outreach Coordinator for the Ecology & Evolution GSA at Rutgers, and am currently an Ecology Teacher at an early education enrichment center in NJ.


  • Population Genomics
  • Molecular Ecology
  • Marine Conservation


  • B.S. in Biology, 2014

    Pennsylvania State University

  • M.S. in Biology, 2017

    Saint Joseph's University