Faculty & Staff

Robert Guimond, PhD

Professor of Biology - Comparative Respiratory Physiology.


photo of Robert Guimond

Areas of Expertise

Comparative Respiratory Physiology


PhD, Biological Sciences (Physiological Ecology), University of Rhode Island, 1970
AB, History, University of Rhode Island, 1961
JD, New England School of Law, 1978 (Member of Massachusetts Bar; Federal District Court, Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court)

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Academic and Professional Positions 

  • 1982 - Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts Boston, Teaching Anatomy & Physiology I & II (Bio 207-208) to Nursing and Exercise Science & Physical Education majors, and others interested in Allied Health Careers; Coordinator of the Anatomy & Physiology Program; Departmental Director of Undergraduate Advising.
  • 1971-1982 Professor of Biology at Boston Sate College (BSC): taught Introductory Biology (Bio 101- Botany; Bio 102-Zoology); Human Anatomy (Bio 211) and Human Physiology (Bio 212) to Physical Education majors; Anatomy & Physiology I & n (Bio 213-214) to Nursing and Medical Technology majors; Vertebrate Physiology (Bio 216), Physiological Ecology (Bio 412), and History of Biology (Bio 305) to Biology majors. Also on the Faculty of the Law Center at BSC. 
  • 1979 - Attorney with emphasis in Health Law.
  • 1970-1971 Assistant Professor of Zoology, University of Rhode Island. Taught: General Physiology Zool 345) to Nursing and Pharmacy Majors; Physiological Ecology (Zool 666) to Zoology.
  • and Oceanography Graduate Students; General Biology (Biol 102) to non-Zoology majors; General Zoology (Zool 111) to Zoology, Pre-Med, Pharmacy and Nursing majors: also taught Physiological Ecology in Spring 1972 and Fall 1973 to PhD graduate students.
  • 1967-1970 Taught General Biology, University of Rhode Island Extension Division, spring semesters 1964-1965 Teaching and Research Assistant, University of Rhode Island.
  • 1961-1963 Teacher of Mathematics, Science and History, Elizabeth Brown Jr. High School, Swansea,Massachusetts.

Honors, Awards and Social Recognition

  • College Distinguished Service Award (for Excellence in Teaching & Service), Boston State College, January 1982
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, College of Arts & Sciences, University of Massachusetts Boston (Service), 1983.
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Massachusetts Boston (Teaching), 1988.
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Massachusetts Boston (Teaching), 1996
  • Chancellor’s Distinguished Teacher Award, University of Massachusetts Boston, May 1997. 
  • Establishment by present & former students of the Professor Robert W. Guimond Endowed Scholarship Fund, 1999. 
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, College of Science and Mathematics, University of Massachusetts Boston (Teaching), 2006. 
  • Honored at the Annual Faculty Appreciation Dinners: 1996, 1997, 1998,1999, 2000, 2001, 2002. 

Membership in Professional Societies and Public Interest Organizations

American Physiological Society; Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology; Human Anatomy & Physiology Society; New England Herpetological Society; American Bar Association; Massachusetts Bar Association; Boston Bar Association; Bristol County and Fall River Bar Associations; Conservation Law Foundation: Nature Conservancy; Wilderness Society; Save The Bay; Center for Science in the Public Interest; Americans for Legal Reform; American Heritage Association; Smithsonian Institution.

Administrative Experience

Biology Department Coordinator at Huntington Campus of UMass Boston:

  • From January 1982 through August 1983, served as Biology Department Coordinator at the Huntington Campus. In that capacity, oversaw the daily operation and management of the Biology Department there.

Biology; Department Director of Undergraduate Advising (AKA Chair of Advising Committee) 1990-Present: 

  • Oversee all aspects of the advising process for our 500+ majors, from setting up the registration process, the evaluation of student transfer credits, the granting of course waivers, the review of student transcripts for graduation, to evaluating transfer biology credit for certain incoming non- biology transfer students, for purpose obtaining science core credit, etc., etc.; serve as liaison between the Biology Department and the Office of Admissions, Office of the Registrar, University Advising Center, Director of Undergraduate Studies and the Nursing and Exercise Science Programs.

Teaching Interests

Human Anatomy and Physiology; General Biology; Comparative Respiratory Physiology; Health law; Physiological Ecology; Nutrition; History of Biology.

Courses Taught

(Note: UMB = UMass Boston; BSC = Boston State College; URI = University of R.I.)

  • Basis of Life (Bio. 101) for non-majors-UMB.
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I (Bio. 207-UMB).
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology n (Bio. 208-UMB).
  • Human Anatomy (Bio. 211-BSC); (Bio. 202-UMB).
  • Human Physiology (Bio. 212-BSC); (Bio. 203-UMB).
  • Military Medical Law (Law & Justice Program 103-A, - UMB).
  • Botany (Bio. 101-BSC).
  • Zoology (Bio. 102-BSC); (Zool. 111-URI).
  • Vertebrate Physiology (Bio. 216-BSC).
  • History of Biology & Medicine (Bio. 305-BSC).
  • Physiological Ecology (Bio. 412-UMB); (Zool. 666-URI).
  • Advanced Mammalian Physiology (Zool. 442-URI).
  • General Physiology (Zool. 345-URI).

Research Interests


  • Comparative physiology of respiration


  • Military medical malpractice and the Federal Torts Claims Act
  • The right to die and living wills