Ted Daeschler has been at the Academy of Natural Sciences since 1987 and a member of the Drexel University faculty since 2011. Ted studied geology at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and received a Master’s in paleontology at the University of California at Berkeley in 1985. He was awarded his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania in 1998.
Ted’s pivotal exploration of Devonian-age fossil vertebrates has taken him from roadsides in Pennsylvania to Arctic Canada and Antarctica. His influential research on Late Devonian faunas includes seminal work on the origin of limbed vertebrates, the diversification of major groups of fishes, and the establishment of continental ecosystems.
Ted’s responsibilities at the Academy of Natural Sciences focus on research, collections building, and public programs within the museum. In addition, professor Daeschler was a scientific advisor for renovating the Academy’s Dinosaur Hall and various other paleontological exhibits.
Ted teaches geosciences courses in the Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science and enjoys collaborating with undergraduates and graduate students on paleontology research projects.