Course Faculty 2023

Course Director

  • Stephen J. O’Brien: Member of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), Professor and Research Director, NOVA Southeastern University, FLORIDA, USA

Co-Directors

  • Taras K. Oleksyk: Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Oakland University, MICHIGAN, USA,  Professor, Department of Biology, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, PUERTO RICO, and Department of Biology, Uzhhorod National University, UKRAINE,
  • Laurie Goodman: Editor-in-Chief, GigaScience, Oxford University Press and the Beijing Genomics Institute, PRC
  • Klaus Koepfli: Conservation Biologist and Research Scientist, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, USA
  • Eduardo Eizirik: Associate Professor, Laboratory of Genomics and Molecular Biology, Escola de Ciências, PUCRS, BRAZIL

International Faculty

  • Laurie Marker, Founder and Executive Director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, Ochivarango, NAMIBIA
  • Cindy Harper, Veterinary Genetics Laboratory at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital University of Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA
  • C. Scott Baker, Professor and Associate Director, Marine Mammal Institute, Oregon State University, OREGON, USA
  • Beth Shapiro, Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz,  CALIFORNIA, USA
  • Agostinho Antunes: Head of the Evolutionary Genomics and Bioinformatics Research Team from the CIIMAR, University of Porto; and Scientific-Technical Director of the Matosinhos Environmental Center (CMIA) from the Câmara Municipal de Matosinhos, PORTUGAL
  • Alfred L. Roca, Associate Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, ILLINOIS, USA
  • Audrey Majeske, Department of Biological Sciences, Oakland University, Rochester, MICHIGAN, USA
  • Fred Allendorf, Regents Professor Emeritus, University of Montana, MONTANA, USA
  • Henrique V. Figueiró, Fellow, Center for Species Survival, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, National Zoological Park, Front Royal, VIRGINIA, USA
  • Sam  Wasser, Research Professor, Department of Biology, University of Washington, Seattle, WASHINGTON, USA
  • William Murphy, Professor, Veterinary Integrative Biosciences, School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, TEXAS, USA
  • Jose Lopez, Professor, Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center, Halmos College of Arts and Sciences, NSU, FLORIDA, USA
  • Harris Lewin, Robert and Rosabel Osborne Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor of Evolution and Ecology at the University of California, Davis, CALIFORNIA, USA

SFU Organizers: 

  • Justin Merry, Associate Professor, Chair of Biology Department, Saint Francis University, Loretto, PENNSYLVANIA, USA
  • Pete Skoner, Professor, Dean of the School of STEAM, Saint Francis University, Loretto, PENNSYLVANIA, USA

Course Staff

  • Pavel Dobrynin: Junior Researcher, Smithsonian Institution. USA
  • Walter Wolfsberger: Department of Biological Sciences, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, USA