Rob Fitch

I've loved science and people since a boy. I grew up collecting insects & rocks and fell in love with the ocean when my family moved to Thousand Oaks, California when I was in 5th grade. I decided to become a marine biologist after spending time at the beach and watching Jacques Yves Cousteau videos. Through high school and college, I worked summers as a YMCA camp counselor - where I met my wife! Working as a professor at a Community College during the year combines my love for science and my love for people - a perfect match! I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior when I was five years old. My family attended a Billy Graham crusade at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas. Even though we attended church, I remember walking down to the field and asking Jesus into my heart at that crusade. My relationship with Christ really grew in Jr Hi and High School through the youth group at our church. One of the joys and struggles in being a Christian and a Biology professor are questions of the origin of life, the meaning and purpose of life and trying to find the balance between science and faith. A book by Darrel R. Falk called, "Coming to Peace with Science" given to me by a Christian biology professor helped me find my own peace as well. God has blessed me beyond my wildest dreams with a wife and two daughters whom I adore, a career doing "what I was built for" and a life growing in my relationship with Christ each year. The more I "know" of God, the more I realize it will take eternity to truly come to know the love of God.

My Life

Favorite Quote

I wish you the very best of success.

Friends describe me

Outgoing, enthusiastic, passionate about life

My hobbies

Ocean activities, racquet sports, gardening

Fantasy dinner guests

The disciples, Sean Connery, Ronald Reagan

Best advice I ever received

Love what you do and you'll never work a day in your life!

My undergrad alma mater

University of California, Santa Barbara; MARINE BIOLOGY

My worst subject in school


In college I drove

1966 VW Beetle

If I weren't a professor, I would

Be a tour guide narrator for the Jungle Cruise in Disneyland

Favorite books

Clive Cussler novels, action/adventure novels

Favorite movies

Lord of the Rings

Favorite city

Lahaina, Maui, Hawaiian Islands

Favorite coffee

Starbucks House Blend

Nobody knows I

Wear gel insoles in my shoes!

My latest accomplishment

Both daughters through their 4-year degrees debt free