Richard Lo Pinto

Professor of Biological Sciences, Department of Biological Sciences

Contact Information


  • Introduction to Marine Biology
  • The Human Environment
  • General Biology I and II
  • Eco-toxicology


  • Biological Testing of Effluents and Receiving Waters
  • Effect of Micro-plastics on Aquatic Primary Consumers
  • Coral Reef Trophic Systems


  • BS, Iona college
  • MS, Fordham University
  • PhD, Fordham University

Academic Profile

While Dr. Lo Pinto’s environmental research extends from coral reef food chains to water quality in temperate lakes and coastal waters, his most globally impactful work is on quantifying and controlling water pollution. He has authored a number of papers on eco-toxicology, eutrophication, and physiological ecology, and has consulted for a variety of industries and state and federal government agencies, including the US Environmental Protection Agency. As head of a major international scientific program within the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, he established the system now used throughout Europe for analyzing and controlling water pollution. His scientific papers on biological methods of pollution assessment have been presented at meetings in the United States; Japan; in Italy at the invitation of the scientific arm of European Union (Ispra); in Eastern Europe, invited by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Slovak Academy of Sciences; in Romania as Plenary speaker at the 18th Int’l Conf. on Chem. & Chem. Engineering;  and in China as Session Chair, 5th Int’l Congress on the Environment.

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