Andrew Rossiter

Andrew Rossiter

Director of State Aquarium

Director of Waikiki Aquarium

Awareness of the Ecology, Biology and Conservation Status of Fishes through Aquarium Exhibition



2777 Kalakaua Ave


(808) 923-9741


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Research Interests

Following long stints in Japan, Canada and Africa, Andrew Rossiter, Ph.D. joined the Waikiki Aquarium in 2004 as director, where he oversees exhibit development, research and conservation as well as directs education, outreach and academic affairs.

Rossiter has more than 20 years of experience as a scientist, educator and administrator. Prior to joining the Waikiki Aquarium, he served as senior research scientist at Lake Biwa Museum, the second largest and most-visited natural history museum and largest freshwater public aquarium in Japan. Before that, Rossiter served as an associate professor at Ehime University of Japan, where he taught ecology, evolution and animal behavior. Rossiter also has experience in Canada where he headed a conservation-oriented project addressing the ecology of lake sturgeon in two Canadian rivers.

Rossiter’s long-term ambition is to increase awareness of the ecology, biology and conservation status of fishes through aquarium exhibition. Rossiter has co-authored two scientific books including “Animal Societies” and “Ancient Lakes: Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution.” He has a bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the University College of Cardiff, Wales and his doctorate degree in Aquatic Organismal Ecology from the University of North Wales, U.K.