Rich Kliman
Professor and Chair, Dept. of Biological Sciences
Faculty Trustee

Updated: April 30, 2018
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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 hamster. My postdoctoral research at Rutgers and Harvard focused on molecular evolution and population genetics.

Teaching. In Fall 2017, I am teaching day and evening sections of BIO 111 (Concepts in Ecology and Environmental Issues), BIO 248 (Biostatistics), and a lab section of BIO 239 (Animal Ecology, Development and Evolution). In Spring 2017, I taught BIO 231 (Genetics, lecture and lab), BIO 360 (Human and Biomedical Genetics), and BIO 548 (Research Design and Statistics [graduate]).

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, serving on the Education and Outreach Committee of the Society for the Study of Evolution, and as Lead Editor of the Society's peer-reviewed educational resource, the EvoEd Digital Library. I am the Editor-in-Chief of the recently released Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Biology (Academic Press, 2016).

To help students develop more sophisticated understanding of population genetics concepts, I have developed a free population genetics computer simulation for classroom use (EvolGenius). I've compiled versions for Windows and Mac; the executables, source code, user guides, and program validation can be found on my linked EvolGenius page. I've also developed a multiweek molecular population genetics exercise, the "Cow Diversity Project;" the link brings you to the related materials published in the EvoEd Digital Library.

Contact Info:
Phone: (610) 606-4666, ext 3501
Office: Pool Science Center, Room 119

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