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Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science Faculty

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Joseph Bentz , Ph.D.
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Research Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science; Director, Laboratory of Pinelands Research
PISB 315
walter.f.bien@drexel.edu
215.895.2266
Research & Teaching Interests Community ecology (New Jersey Pine Barrens); fire ecology; natural resource management; restoration ecology; conservation biology with special interest in rare plants and the spatial ecology of the Northern pine snake. Department
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Dr. Don Charles
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Teaching Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science; Senior Scientist and Section Leader, Phycology Section, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Patrick Center, Academy of Natural Sciences
dfc63@drexel.edu
215.299.1090
Research & Teaching Interests Applied freshwater ecology; use of diatoms as ecological indicators; paleolimnology; water quality assessment, eutrophication, climate change Department
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Carol Collier
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Director, Environmental Studies and Sustainability Program (ENSS), Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science
Senior Advisor for Watershed Management & Policy, Patrick Center for Environmental Research, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

crc92@drexel.edu
Research & Teaching Interests Department
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Ted Daeschler
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Associate Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science; Associate Curator of Vertebrate Zoology, Vice President for Systematic Biology and the Library, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 
The Academy of Natural Sciences
ebd29@drexel.edu
215.299.1133
Research & Teaching Interests Vertebrate paleontology, specifically vertebrate fauna of the Late Devonian Period in eastern North America Department
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Daniel Duran
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Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science
PISB 315
dpd56@drexel.edu
215.895.6441
Research & Teaching Interests Phylogeography, speciation, molecular ecology, and conservation genetics of insects Department
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Jon Gelhaus, Ph.D.
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Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science; Curator, Department of Entomology, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Entomology, The Academy of Natural Sciences
jkg78@drexel.edu
215.299.1141
Research & Teaching Interests Biodiversity, evolution and ecology of freshwater insects, particularly Diptera, in New World and Mongolia; Biodiversity of insects in New Jersey Pine Barrens Department
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Richard Horowitz
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Associate Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science; Senior Scientist, Fisheries Section Leader, Ruth Patrick Chair of Environmental Sciences, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Patrick Center, Academy of Natural Sciences
richard.j.horwit@drexel.edu
215.299.1092
Research & Teaching Interests Ecology of freshwater and estuarine fishes; watershed planning, management, and restoration; conservation of rare species; invasive species; phylogeography of freshwater fishes Department
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Susan Kilham, PhD.
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Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science
PISB 323
kilhams@drexel.edu
215.895.2628
Research & Teaching Interests Climate change; aquatic ecology; physiological ecology of phytoplankton ; tropical stream food webs Department
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Danielle Kreeger PhD
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Research Associate Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science
PISB 315
dak29@drexel.edu
215.895.1270
Research & Teaching Interests Physiological ecology, ecosystem services and restoration of suspension-feeding bivalves; ecology and restoration of coastal wetlands; climate change Department
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Stefanie A. Kroll, PhD
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Assistant Research Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science; Project Science Director, Acting Macroinvertebrate Section Leader, Patrick Center of Environmental Research, Academy of Natural Sciences

Stefanie.a.kroll@drexel.edu
215.299.1106
Research & Teaching Interests Watershed and stream ecology, aquatic macroinvertebrate ecology and as bioindicators, restoration ecology, human stressors on aquatic ecosystems, climate change Department
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Marie Kurz, PhD
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Assistant Research Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science; Research Scientist & Biogeochemistry Section Leader, Patrick Center for the Environment, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Patrick Center, Academy of Natural Sciences
marie.kurz@drexel.edu
215.299.1018
Research & Teaching Interests Hydro-bio-geochemical controls on the sources and cycling of solutes in freshwater ecosystems; Reciprocal interactions between ecosystem function and solute availability, transport and retention; Groundwater-surface water interactions; Linking catchment-scale patterns in solute and ecosystem dynamics to process understanding; (Adaptive) management of water resources and aquatic ecosystems. Department
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Tatyana Livshultz
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Assistant Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science; Assistant Curator of Botany, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
The Academy of Natural Sciences
tl534@drexel.edu
215.299.1051
Research & Teaching Interests Botany; phylogenetic reconstruction; pollination biology; morphological and functional evolution of flowers; climate niche evolution; biogeography; biodiversity Department
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Amanda Lough, PhD
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Assistant Professor
PISB 314
amanda.c.lough@drexel.edu
215.895.6456
Research & Teaching Interests Department
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John Lundberg
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Emeritus Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science; Emeritus Curator, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Ichthyology; diversity and evolution of fishes
jgl43@drexel.edu
215.405.5069
Research & Teaching Interests Systematic biology, biodiversity and diversification of fishes, morphology and paleontology Department
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Richard McCourt, PhD
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Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science;
Associate Curator of Botany, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University


rmm45@drexel.edu
215.299.1139
Research & Teaching Interests Biodiversity; evolution; ecology; and, specifically charophyte and conjugating green algae. Department
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Michael O'Connor PhD
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Associate Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science
PISB 318
mike.oconnor@drexel.edu
215.895.2637
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Physiological and biophysical ecology

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  • Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
  • Department of Biology
Sean O'Donnell, PhD
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Associate Department Head, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science; Professor
PISB 321
so356@drexel.edu
215.571.4177
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Animal behavior, neuroethology and brain evolution, social insects, tropical ecology

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  • Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
  • Department of Biology
Daniel Otte, Ph.D.
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Professor Emeritus, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science; Senior Curator, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Entomology, Academy of Natural Sciences
do332@drexel.edu
215.299.1188
Research & Teaching Interests Taxonomy and biogeography of Orthoptera, particularly grasshoppers and crickets; origin of species Department
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Marina Potapova
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Assistant Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science; Assistant Curator, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Diatom Herbarium, Academy of Natural Sciences
mp895@drexel.edu
215.405.5068
Research & Teaching Interests Taxonomy, ecology, and biogeography of freshwater diatoms Department
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Gary Rosenberg
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Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science; Pilsbry Chair of Malacology, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Malacology, Academy of Natural Sciences
gr347@drexel.edu
215.299.1033
Research & Teaching Interests Magnitude and origin of species-level diversity in the Mollusca Department
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Jacob Russell
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Associate Professor
PISB 325
jar337@drexel.edu
215.895.1643
Research & Teaching Interests Molecular Ecology, Symbiosis, Metagenomics Department
  • Department of Biology
  • Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Ron Smith
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Instructor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science Director, DESLA Summer Program

rvs33@drexel.edu
Research & Teaching Interests Shorebird Ecology and Conservation; Amphibians of the NJ Pine Barrens; Restoration Ecology; Climate Change – Regional Effects and Education Department
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James R. Spotila , Ph.D.
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L. Drew Betz Chair Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science
PISB 324
spotiljr@drexel.edu
215.895.2627
Research & Teaching Interests Physiological ecology, Biophysical Ecology and Conservation Biology Department
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Loÿc Vanderkluysen, PhD
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Assistant Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science
PISB 314
loyc@drexel.edu
215.571.4673
Research & Teaching Interests Volcano remote sensing and monitoring, volcanic gases, igneous petrology and geochemistry, Large Igneous Provinces Department
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David Velinsky
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Department Head; Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science; VP for Environmental Research; Director and Senior Scientist, Patrick Center for Environmental Research; Section Leader, Biogeochemistry, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University  
Patrick Center, Academy of Natural Sciences
djv23@drexel.edu
215.299.1147
Research & Teaching Interests Fate and transport of chemical contaminants, Stable isotope and nutrient biogeochemistry; sediment geochemistry and deposition, water quality Department
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Elizabeth Burke Watson, PhD
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Assistant Professor of Wetlands Science, Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science; Wetlands Section Leader, Patrick Center for the Environment, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Patrick Center for Environmental Research, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
elizabeth.b.watson@drexel.edu
215.299.1109
Research & Teaching Interests Wetlands Ecology, Global Change, Ecohydrology, Paleoecology, Spatial Analyses Department
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Jason Weckstein, PhD
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Associate Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science; Associate Curator of Ornithology, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Ornithology Department, Academy of Natural Sciences
Jason.D.Weckstein@drexel.edu
215.299.1023
Research & Teaching Interests Biodiversity, systematics, phylogenetics, and evolutionary biology of birds and their parasites. Department
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