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Meet the Faculty & Staff


Walter F. Bien, PhD

Walter F. Bien, PhD

Research Professor; Director, Laboratory of Pinelands Research

Research 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

Daniel Duran

Daniel Duran, PhD

Assistant Teaching Professor

Research Interests:
Phylogeography, speciation, molecular ecology, and conservation genetics of insects

Jon Gelhaus, PhD

Jon Gelhaus, PhD

Professor; Curator

Research Interests:
Biodiversity, evolution and ecology of freshwater insects, particularly Diptera, in New World and Mongolia; Biodiversity of insects in New Jersey Pine Barrens

Richard Horowitz

Richard Horwitz, PhD

Professor; Senior Scientist, Fisheries Section Leader, Ruth Patrick Chair of Environmental Sciences

Research Interests:
Ecology of freshwater and estuarine fishes; watershed planning, management, and restoration; conservation of rare species; invasive species; phylogeography of freshwater fishes

Tatyana Livshultz

Tatyana Livshultz, PhD

Assistant Professor

Research Interests:
Botany; phylogenetic reconstruction; pollination biology; morphological and functional evolution of flowers; climate niche evolution; biogeography; biodiversity

Ron Smith

Ron Smith

Instructor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science Director, DESLA Summer Program

Research Interests:
Shorebird Ecology and Conservation; Amphibians of the NJ Pine Barrens; Restoration Ecology; Climate Change – Regional Effects and Education

David Velinsky

David Velinksy, PhD

Department Head

Research Interests:
Fate and transport of chemical contaminants, Stable isotope and nutrient biogeochemistry; sediment geochemistry and deposition, water quality


Frank Acker

Ned Gilmore

Kristen Kepics

David Keller

Paul Overbeck

Roger Thomas
Operations Manager