Richard A. Fralick graduated from Salem State University with a BA degree in History and Biology. His M.S. and Ph.D. were in Plant Biology from the University of New Hampshire. At UNH he studied under Arthur Mathieson in the field of marine and freshwater algae. His major research was in the area of physiological ecology of Codium fragile, an invasive species of green algae and also the physiological ecology of four species of the red alga, Polysiphonia, distributed from open Atlantic Ocean to Great Bay Estuary in New Hampshire.
As an undergraduate he served as the chief technical diver on the Harvard University Expedition to Antarctica. At UNH he was a saturation diver on the Tektite Expedition in the Virgin Islands and also on the Edalhab FLARE expedition in the Florida Gulf stream. During his 34 years as a professor of Biology, at Plymouth State University, he worked summers on algal aquaculture under John Ryther at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) and as a researcher for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on over harvesting mitigation for agar bearing red seaweeds in the Azores, Portugal. He has also done consulting for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on algal problems in the Persian Gulf, and algal consulting in the Philippines. Dick was also a Smithsonian Consultant on Antarctic Algae and medical, anti-cancer drugs extracted from algae. More recently he worked, jointly with the Farlow Herbarium at Harvard University, on an algal database for N.E. Marine Algae funded by NH Sea Grant and on a Curriculum Project funded by the National Fisheries Institute. He has published numerous articles and technical reports, often with students, concerning results of his work with marine algae. Dick is on the board of the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation.
He currently lives in Durham, New Hampshire with his wife. They spend time sailing, skiing, traveling, going to UNH hockey games, grandparenting, and still, collecting algae.