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Drexel Students and Faculty in the field

Field Experience, Early and Often

With world-renowned faculty, field sites across the globe, and countless opportunities for hands-on career experience, our students are prepared to make an impact from day one.

Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science

The Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science (BEES) was created out of Drexel’s unique partnership with the Academy of Natural Sciences, America's oldest natural history museum and a world leader in biodiversity and environmental research. Faculty in the department are renowned scientists from Drexel and the Academy, specializing in the fields of environmental science, earth science, ecology and conservation, biodiversity and evolution, geoscience and paleontology.

The BEES motto is “Field Experience, Early and Often.” Students of all levels gain hands-on experience in basic and applied research methods beginning even before the start of freshmen year with the Pre-Term Field Experience. BEES students and researchers also have unprecedented access to incredible facilities – including local and international field sites, two fossil prep labs, the Academy’s internationally recognized library and research facilities, and Drexel’s Gold-LEED-certified Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building — as well as the Academy’s impressive collections, which feature 18 million specimens and artifacts gathered by history-making individuals like Lewis and Clark, Thomas Jefferson, John James Audubon, Charles Darwin and many more. The Academy’s Patrick Center for Environmental Research, with over 70 years of experience in environmental research and outreach, offers countless opportunities for student interactions both in the field and laboratory.

This rich exposure to the field allows students to hone their professional and educational interests, preparing them for greater success and satisfaction after graduation.

Research Spotlight

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel UniversityThe Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a leading natural history museum dedicated to advancing research, education and public engagement in biodiversity and environmental science.

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The mission of the Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the environment through hands-on, interdisciplinary scientific education and research.


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Ted Daeschler, PhD

Ted Daeschler, PhD

Vertebrate Paleontology

Marina Potapova, PhD

Marina Potapova, PhD

Taxonomy & Ecology

Loyc Vanderkluysen, PhD

Löyc Vanderkluysen, PhD

Volcanic Monitoring

David Velinsky, PhD

David Velinsky, PhD

Sediment Geochemistry

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Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science
3201 Arch Street, Suite 240 | Philadelphia, PA 19104

215.571.4639 |

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway | Philadelphia, PA 19103

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