Gail Hearn, PhD


Dr. Gail Hearn

Office: PISB 320
Phone: 215.895.1476
Lab (Dry): PISB 503
Lab Phone: 215.895.6906
Lab (Wet): PISB 301 N1
Lab Phone: 215.895.6890
Website(s): The Hearn Lab |

Specialization: African biodiversity conservation; African primates


  • BS,¬†Biology, Byrn Mawr College
  • PhD, Protein Biology, Rockefeller University

Research Interests

Effects of bushmeat hunting on wildlife populations; distribution and abundance of wildlife on Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea (Central/West Africa); conservation of West African primates and sea turtles.



Gail Hearn, PhD was raised in State College, PA, and graduated from Bryn Mawr College (BA in biology) and Rockefeller University (PhD in molecular biology). Following a post doctoral fellowship at the Penrose Laboratory at the Philadelphia Zoological Society, Hearn joined the faculty at Arcadia University. While at Arcadia she founded the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program, a partnership with Equatorial Guinea’s National University, that promotes the conservation of Bioko Island’s wildlife through self-sustaining programs in education, research and conservation. Since 2007, when she joined the Biology Department faculty at Drexel, this program has been based at Drexel. Hearn’s other interests include the teaching of writing in the sciences (co-author on 2 textbooks), community involvement (currently serving on the board of trustees of Penn Medicine, Pennsylvania Hospital, The Wistar Institute, and the Academy of Natural Sciences) and scientific illustration.



  • Worobey, M., P. Telfer, S. Souquiere, M. Hunter, C.A. Coleman, M.J. Metzger, P. Reed, M. Makuwa, G. Hearn, S. Honarvar, P. Roques, C. Apetrei, M. Kazanji and P.A. Marx 2010. Island Biogeography Reveals the Deep History of SIV. Science 329, p. 1487.
  • Butynski, T.M., Y.A. de Jong & G.W. Hearn 2009. Body Measurements for the Monkeys of Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea. Primate Conservation 24, pp. 99-105.
  • Morra, W., G.W. Hearn & A. J. Buck. 2009. The market for bushmeat: Colobus satanas on Bioko Island. Ecological Economics 68, pp 2619 - 2626