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Faculty

Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science

Drexel students explore the Amazonas region while conducting fieldwork at the Tiputini Biodiversity Station in Ecuador

Department faculty are dedicated mentors who expertly guide graduate students in building programs of study to meet their academic and career interests. Our faculty are leading biodiversity, earth and environmental scientists who publish frequently in peer-reviewed journals and present their findings widely. Faculty encourage students to immerse themselves in research opportunities, discover world-class facilities and explore essential field sites. In addition, faculty help prepare students to become effective communicators, advocates and leaders who confidently share research findings with their peers and make science more accessible to the public.

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Departments & Centers

Research & Scholarship


Professor; Curator and Chair of Vertebrate Zoology, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103
ebd29@drexel.edu
215.299.1133
Department
  • Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Research & Teaching Interests

Vertebrate Paleontology; History of the Earth; Late Devonian fossil vertebrates; Origin of tetrapods; Fossil collecting; Museum curation


Curator and Department Chair, Entomology Department, Academy of Natural Sciences
Department of Entomology, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
jkg78@drexel.edu
215.299.1141
Department
  • Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Research & Teaching Interests Taxonomy; Systematics; Entomology; Biodiversity; Water Quality; Museum Collections

Department Head; Director, Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program; Co-Founder, Central African Biodiversity Alliance; Professor
PISB 420
mkg62@drexel.edu
215.571.4638
Department
  • Department of Biology
  • Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Research & Teaching Interests Genomics, evolutionary processes, tropical biodiversity, conservation science, educational capacity building

Research Associate Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science
PISB 315
dak29@drexel.edu
215.895.1270
Department
  • Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Research & Teaching Interests Physiological ecology, ecosystem services and restoration of suspension-feeding bivalves; ecology and restoration of coastal wetlands; climate change

Associate Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science
Assistant Curator of Botany, ANS
ANS
tl534@drexel.edu
215.299.1051
Department
  • Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Research & Teaching Interests Botany; phylogenetic reconstruction; evolution of plant specialized metabolism, plant-insect interactions, and plant functional morphology

Professor Emeritus, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science; Curator Emeritus, ANS

jgl43@drexel.edu
215.405.5069
Department
  • Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Research & Teaching Interests Systematic biology, biodiversity and diversification of fishes, morphology and paleontology

Professor; Curator of Botany, Director of the Center for Systematic Biology and Evolution, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel, Botany Department
rmm45@drexel.edu
215.299.1139
Department
  • Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Research & Teaching Interests Molecular systematics; algae; evolution; taxonomy; algal ecology

Professor; Chair, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
PISB 318
oconnomp@drexel.edu
215.895.2637
Department
  • Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
  • Department of Biology
Research & Teaching Interests

Physiological ecology; Physiology; Modelling; Allometry.


Professor
PISB 324
so356@drexel.edu
Department
  • Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
  • Department of Biology
Research & Teaching Interests

Animal behavior, neuroecology, social insects, tropical ecology, thermal physiology


Professor Emeritus, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science; Senior Curator Emeritus, ANS
Entomology, ANS
do332@drexel.edu
215.299.1188
Department
  • Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Research & Teaching Interests Taxonomy and biogeography of Orthoptera, particularly grasshoppers and crickets; origin of species

Associate Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science
Assistant Curator of Diatoms, ANS
Diatom Herbarium, ANS
mp895@drexel.edu
215.405.5068
Department
  • Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Research & Teaching Interests Taxonomy; Ecology; Biogeography of freshwater and coastal diatoms

Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science; Pilsbry Chair of Malacology, ANS
Malacology, ANS
gr347@drexel.edu
215.299.1033
Department
  • Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Research & Teaching Interests Malacology Systematic Biology Evolutionary Biology

Professor
PISB 325
jar337@drexel.edu
215.895.1643
Department
  • Department of Biology
  • Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Research & Teaching Interests Symbiosis; Ants; Aphids; Genomics; Evolution; Molecular Ecology

Assistant Research Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science; Director of the Environmental Studies and Sustainability Program
Dolan Fellow for Innovation in Water Science, Patrick Center for Environmental Research, ANS
Patrick Center 336
as5293@drexel.edu
215.299.1025
Department
  • Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Research & Teaching Interests Environmental policy and politics, urban planning, sustainability and resilience transitions, policy implementation, local knowledge and community science

Assistant Professor; Assistant Curator, Invertebrate Paleontology Department, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103
jsessa@drexel.edu
215.299.1149
Department
  • Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Research & Teaching Interests

Ocean acidification; Mollusks; Climate change; Paleobiology


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

rvs33@drexel.edu
Department
  • Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Research & Teaching Interests Shorebird Ecology and Conservation; Amphibians of the NJ Pine Barrens; Restoration Ecology; Climate Change – Regional Effects and Education

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies
MacAlister Hall, Rm. 5041
afs52@drexel.edu
Department
  • Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
  • Department of English and Philosophy
  • Center for Science, Technology and Society
Research & Teaching Interests

Environmental Philosophy/Environmental Humanities; Food Justice; Climate Justice; Social and Political Philosophy; Decolonization


Professor Emeritus

spotiljr@drexel.edu
Department
  • Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Research & Teaching Interests Physiological ecology, Biophysical Ecology and Conservation Biology

Associate Professor
PISB, Room 322
loyc@drexel.edu
215.571.4673
Department
  • Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Research & Teaching Interests Volcano remote sensing and monitoring; Volcanic gases; Igneous petrology and geochemistry; Large Igneous Provinces

Department Head and Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science
Constantine N. Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building (PISB) 3245 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

The Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA
velinsky@drexel.edu
215.299.1147
Department
  • Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Research & Teaching Interests Fate and transport of chemical contaminants; Stable isotope and nutrient biogeochemistry; Sediment geochemistry and deposition; Water quality

Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science
PISB 315
dcw33@drexel.edu
215.895.2266
Department
  • Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Research & Teaching Interests Urban Ecology, Conservation Biology, Pine Barrens Ecology, Marine Ecology, STEM Diversity & Inclusion, International Education, International STEM Mentorship

Associate Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science; Senior Scientist, Patrick Center for Environmental Research, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
318 Patrick Center, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
ebw49@drexel.edu
215.299.1109
Department
  • Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Research & Teaching Interests Climate change; Coastal ecology; Remote sensing; Community-engaged research; Stable isotopes; Wetlands; Watersheds

Associate Professor, Associate Curator of Ornithology, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Ornithology Department
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19096
jdw342@drexel.edu
215.299.1023
Department
  • Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Research & Teaching Interests Phylogenetics; Host-parasite coevolution; Ornithology; Systematic biology; Comparative biology, Biodiversity surveys, Genomics

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