Rich Kliman
Professor, Dept. of Biological Sciences
President, Cedar Crest chapter of AAUP

Updated: October 20, 2014
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Welcome to my home page!    I joined the faculty at Cedar Crest in 2002 after seven years of teaching at large public universities. I was an undergraduate at Colby College, where I double-majored in biology and music. I earned my Ph.D. at Wesleyan University, studying the quantitative genetics and physiology of seasonal adaptation and biological rhythms in the Djungarian (a.k.a., Siberian) hamster. My postdoctoral research at Rutgers and Harvard on molecular evolution and population genetics has served as the basis for much of my ongoing research.

Teaching. In Fall 2014, I am teaching BIO 111 (Concepts in Ecology and Environmental Issues), BIO 235 (Ecology, Evolution and Genetics), BIO 248 (Biostatistics), and laboratory sections of BIO 123 (Foundations of Biology) and BIO 235. Other recently taught courses include BIO 112 (Concepts in Human Biology and Health Issues), BIO 121 and BIO 122 lecture and lab (Principles of Biology I and II), BIO 236 lab (Cell and Molecular Biology), BIO 313 (Advanced Mendelian and Population Genetics), BIO 548 (Research Design and Statistics [graduate]), and PSC 300 (Law and Science [political science]).

Interests. My research interests are broad, and center on questions in evolution and ecology, primarily using approaches involving genetics/genomics and bioinformatics. I am an active proponent of evolution education (BioScience (2005) VIEWPOINT: What Every Undergraduate Should Know about Evolution (and Why)), and served for two years as Lead Editor of population, quantitative and evolutionary genetics for Nature Education (Scitable). I am currently serving as Editor-in-Chief of a forthcoming Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Biology and as Editor of the EvoED Digital Library, a peer-reviewed educational resource maintained by the Society for the Study of Evolution. I also serve on SSE's Education Committee. With Drs. Scott Edwards (Harvard) and Jory Weintraub (National Evolution Synthesis Center), I coordinate Undergraduate Diversity at SSE/SSB, a program supported by the National Science Foundation to send undergraduates to the annual Evolution research conference. I have also developed a population genetics computer simulation (EvolGenius) for classroom use.

Contact Info:
Phone: (610) 606-4666, ext 3501
Office: Miller Building, Room 24

Mailing Address:
Dept. of Biological Sciences
Cedar Crest College
100 College Drive
Allentown, PA 18104-6196
Scuba photo by Bill Forsee, Earthwatch volunteer, 2011