Rich Kliman
Professor, Dept. of Biological Sciences
Faculty Trustee

Updated: April 22, 2017
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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 Spring 2017, I am teaching BIO 231 (Genetics, lecture and lab), BIO 360 (Human and Biomedical Genetics), and BIO 548 (Research Design and Statistics [graduate]). In Fall 2016, I taught BIO 111 (Concepts in Ecology and Environmental Issues, lecture and lab), BIO 248 (Biostatistics), and lab sections of BIO 239 (Animal Ecology, Development and Evolution).

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: 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