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Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science Faculty

Name | Title | Contact Research | Teaching Interests Department | Center
Joseph Bentz , Ph.D.
Research Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science; Director, Laboratory of Pinelands Research
PISB 315
walter.f.bien@drexel.edu
215.895.2266
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 of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Dr. Don Charles
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
Applied freshwater ecology; use of diatoms as ecological indicators;  paleolimnology; water quality assessment, eutrophication, climate change Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Carol Collier
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
Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Ted Daeschler
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
Vertebrate paleontology, specifically vertebrate fauna of the Late Devonian Period in eastern North America Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Daniel Duran
Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science
PISB 315
dpd56@drexel.edu
215.895.6441
Phylogeography, speciation, molecular ecology, and conservation genetics of insects Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Jon Gelhaus, Ph.D.
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
Biodiversity, evolution and ecology of freshwater insects, particularly Diptera, in New World and Mongolia; Biodiversity of insects in New Jersey Pine Barrens Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Richard Horowitz
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
Ecology of freshwater and estuarine fishes; watershed planning, management, and restoration; conservation of rare species; invasive species; phylogeography of freshwater fishes Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Susan Kilham, PhD.
Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science
PISB 323
kilhams@drexel.edu
215.895.2628
Climate change; aquatic ecology; physiological ecology of phytoplankton ; tropical stream food webs Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Danielle Kreeger PhD
Research Associate Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science
PISB 315
dak29@drexel.edu
215.895.1270
Physiological ecology, ecosystem services and restoration of suspension-feeding bivalves; ecology and restoration of coastal wetlands; climate change Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Tatyana Livshultz
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
Botany; phylogenetic reconstruction; pollination biology; morphological and functional evolution of flowers; climate niche evolution; biogeography; biodiversity Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
John Lundberg
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
Systematic biology, biodiversity and diversification of fishes, morphology and paleontology Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Richard McCourt, PhD
Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science;
Associate Curator of Botany, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University


rmm45@drexel.edu
215.299.1139
Biodiversity; evolution; ecology; and, specifically charophyte and conjugating green algae.
Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Jerry Mead
Assistant Research Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science; Assistant Scientist and Section leader, Watershed and Systems Ecology Section, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Patrick Center, Academy of Natural Sciences
jerry.v.mead@drexel.edu
215.405.5091
Development, disruption, dynamics of ecosystems, biophysical economics; stream ecology; watershed science; bioenergetics; stream morphology; spatial analyses Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Michael O'Connor PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science
PISB 318
mike.oconnor@drexel.edu
215.895.2637
Thermal, hydric, & energetic effects on the activity and distribution of reptiles and amphibians; physiological and physical constraints on gas exchange in sea turtle nests - effects on metabolism and development Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Department of Biology
Sean O'Donnell, PhD
Associate Department Head, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science; Professor
PISB 321
so356@drexel.edu
215.571.4177
Animal behavior, neuroethology and brain evolution, social insects, tropical ecology Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Department of Biology
Daniel Otte, Ph.D.
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
Taxonomy and biogeography of Orthoptera, particularly grasshoppers and crickets; origin of species Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Marina Potapova
Assistant Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science; Assistant Curator, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Diatom Herbarium, Academy of Natural Sciences
mo895@drexel.edu
215.405.5068
Taxonomy, ecology, and biogeography of freshwater diatoms
Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Gary Rosenberg
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
Magnitude and origin of species-level diversity in the Mollusca
Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Jacob Russell
Associate Professor
PISB 325
jar337@drexel.edu
215.895.1643
Symbiosis, evolutionary biology, metagenomics Department of Biology
Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Ron Smith
Instructor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science Director, DESLA Summer Program

rvs33@drexel.edu
Shorebird Ecology and Conservation; Amphibians of the NJ Pine Barrens; Restoration Ecology; Climate Change – Regional Effects and Education
Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
James R. Spotila , Ph.D.
L. Drew Betz Chair Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science
PISB 324
spotiljr@drexel.edu
215.895.2627
Physiological and biophysical ecology; conservation biology; biology of sea turtles, crocodiles, salamanders and giant pandas Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Loÿc Vanderkluysen, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science
PISB 314
loyc@drexel.edu
215.571.4673
Volcano remote sensing and monitoring, volcanic gases, igneous petrology and geochemistry, Large Igneous Provinces Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
David Velinsky
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
Fate and transport of chemical contaminants, Stable isotope and nutrient biogeochemistry; sediment geochemistry and deposition, water quality Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Elizabeth Burke Watson, PhD
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
Wetlands Ecology, Global Change, Ecohydrology, Paleoecology, Spatial Analyses
Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Jason Weckstein, PhD
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
Biodiversity, systematics, phylogenetics, and evolutionary biology of birds and their parasites. Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science