Ronald Tardiff

Class Year: 
RAY Fellow
San Francisco, CA

Ron Tardiff knew he wanted to be a marine scientist at age 12. Almost 10 years later, he recently graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.Sc. in Marine Sciences and a B.A. in Maritime Studies (Geography Concentration). Ron is not only dedicated to the study of our marine environments but also to understanding the dynamics of human-ocean interaction. Ron is equally fascinated by fisheries ecology and the cultural history of the ocean. With those two focuses combined, Ron hopes to help improve marine conservation on a global scale.

Beginning the summer after sophomore year, Ron began traveling internationally and hasn't stopped. After receiving a German Academic Exchange Service Research Internships in Science and Engineering scholarship, Ron spent four months in Bremen, Germany at the Leibniz Center for Marine Tropical Ecology. After that, Ron spent a semester studying marine ecology at the University of Essex as a United States Department of State Gilman Scholar. He ended his stay abroad with a five month stint above the Arctic Circle in Bodo, Norway as a High North Fellow. Most recently, Ron traveled to COP 21 in Paris, France with a cohort of UConn faculty, staff, and students.

In his free time, Ron enjoys reading books, practicing and teaching yoga, exploring his new home in the Bay Area, and pursuing his love of languages by attending German and French film series.