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Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Research

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Studies from these disciplines focus on conservation, response to climate change, population genetics, physiological ecology, and the ecology and evolution of both social insects and symbiosis. Researchers use a combination of modeling, molecular ecology, genomics, and phylogenetics to address these focal areas. This work also combines manipulative and observational lab experiments with field research in sites across Costa Rica, central Africa, and the American subtropics.

Faculty Conducting Research in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Contact Specialization
Edward (Ted) Daeschler, Professor, Curator and Chair of Vertebrate Zoology, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
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

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

Jon Gelhaus, Ph.D.
Curator and Department Chair, Entomology Department, Academy of Natural Sciences
Department of Entomology, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
jkg78@drexel.edu
Taxonomy; Systematics; Entomology; Biodiversity; Water Quality; Museum Collections
Danielle Kreeger PhD
Research Associate Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science
PISB 315
dak29@drexel.edu
Physiological ecology, ecosystem services and restoration of suspension-feeding bivalves; ecology and restoration of coastal wetlands; climate change
Marie Kurz, PhD
Assistant Research Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science; Senior Scientist & Biogeochemistry Section Leader, Patrick Center for Environmental Research, ANS
Patrick Center, ANS
marie.kurz@drexel.edu
Solute sources and cycling in freshwater systems; Stream metabolism & ecosystem functioning; Geochemical-ecological interactions; Groundwater-surface water interactions; Adaptive management of water resources and aquatic ecosystems.
Tatyana Livshultz
Associate Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science
Assistant Curator of Botany, ANS
ANS
tl534@drexel.edu
Botany; phylogenetic reconstruction; evolution of plant specialized metabolism, plant-insect interactions, and plant functional morphology
John Lundberg
Professor Emeritus, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science; Curator Emeritus, ANS

jgl43@drexel.edu
Systematic biology, biodiversity and diversification of fishes, morphology and paleontology
Richard "Rick" McCourt, professor, Drexel University Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
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
Molecular systematics; algae; evolution; taxonomy; algal ecology
Michael O'Connor PhD
Professor; Chair, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
PISB 318
oconnomp@drexel.edu

Physiological ecology; Physiology; Modelling; Allometry.

Sean O'Donnell, PhD
Professor
PISB 324
so356@drexel.edu

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

Daniel Otte, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science; Senior Curator Emeritus, ANS
Entomology, ANS
do332@drexel.edu
Taxonomy and biogeography of Orthoptera, particularly grasshoppers and crickets; origin of species
Marina Potapova
Associate Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science
Assistant Curator of Diatoms, ANS
Diatom Herbarium, ANS
mp895@drexel.edu
Taxonomy; Ecology; Biogeography of freshwater and coastal diatoms
Gary Rosenberg
Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science; Pilsbry Chair of Malacology, ANS
Malacology, ANS
gr347@drexel.edu
Malacology Systematic Biology Evolutionary Biology
Jacob Russell
Professor
PISB 325
jar337@drexel.edu
Symbiosis; Ants; Aphids; Genomics; Evolution; Molecular Ecology
Alexis Schulman
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
Environmental policy and politics, urban planning, sustainability and resilience transitions, policy implementation, local knowledge and community science
Jocelyn Sessa, assistant professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Evironmental Science, Drexel University
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

Ocean acidification; Mollusks; Climate change; Paleobiology

Loÿc Vanderkluysen, PhD
Associate Professor
PISB, Room 322
loyc@drexel.edu
Volcano remote sensing and monitoring; Volcanic gases; Igneous petrology and geochemistry; Large Igneous Provinces
David Velinsky
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
Fate and transport of chemical contaminants; Stable isotope and nutrient biogeochemistry; Sediment geochemistry and deposition; Water quality
Dane Ward
Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science
PISB 315
dcw33@drexel.edu
Urban Ecology, Conservation Biology, Pine Barrens Ecology, Marine Ecology, STEM Diversity & Inclusion, International Education, International STEM Mentorship
Elizabeth Burke Watson, PhD
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
Climate change; Coastal ecology; Remote sensing; Community-engaged research; Stable isotopes; Wetlands; Watersheds
Jason Weckstein, PhD
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
Phylogenetics; Host-parasite coevolution; Ornithology; Systematic biology; Comparative biology, Biodiversity surveys, Genomics