Eugene H. Kaplan, Ph.D. is the Don Axinn Endowed Distinguished
Professor (emeritus) at Hofstra University.
His career spans fifty years as both a professor and researcher. He
founder and director of the Hofstsra University Marine Laboratory
in St. Anns Bay, Jamaica and founder and director of the BS and MA programs in
aquaculture/marine biology at Hofstra.
As an educator, Dr. Kaplan is a proponent of teaching biology as a
process, not as a passive learning experience.
He was leader of a team that developed a sophisticated elementary science
for the elementary schools in Israel and spent ten years as associate director of an
program training hundreds of elementary school teachers to use an advanced hands-on
science curriculum in New York.
He trained secondary school biology teachers in Rwanda, and assisted in the development of teacher training courses at the University
At the university
level, Dr. Kaplan taught invertebrate zoology, tropical marine biology
(courses were held in the British Virgin Islands and Jamaica), and
parasitology for 43
years using a unique process-oriented, hands on method.
For twenty years he taught a course for non-science majors that emphasized
scientific methodology, and published a book and numerous papers on methods of
teaching scientific thinking.
He built a 250 tonne per annum fish farm in Cote D'Ivoire, W. Africa, and consulted in
aquaculture in Rwanda.
Dr. Kaplan wrote two Peterson Field guides in tropical marine biology, one
describing Caribbean coral reefs and one about seashores of the Caribbean Sea.
Together, they comprise the only textbook in tropical marine biology of the
Caribbean. They are a resource for scientists and students alike.
His latest books: SENSUOUS SEAS and WHAT'S EATING
YOU? PEOPLE AND PARASITES,
incorporate his belief that learning biology can be fun for even those people who consider themselves “science