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Bruce W. Grant PhD

Professor of Biology and Environmental Science

  • PhD Evolutionary Ecology 1988

    University of Pennsylvania (PA)

  • BIOL 161 Biological Concepts I Principles of Evolution and Ecology

  • BIOL 301/ENVR 301 Introductory Ecology

  • ASC 400 Environmental Ethics

My research interests include (1) urban ecology in southeastern PA, spanning urban herpetofauna (reptiles and amphibians), urban invertebrates (principally nocturnal Lepidoptera and aquatic macroinvertebrates), and urban invasive plants; (2) biodiversity of Honduran Lepidoptera (new project involving field and archival work in collaboration with Zamorano University at the Uyuca cloud forest preserve in Honduras); (3a) pedagogy of academic service learning (locally in Chester, PA, and internationally in Honduras) to enhance student learning, civic engagement, and engagement in global human sustainability; (3b) pedagogy of undergraduate ecological education using practitioner research.

Selected Awards

  • Recipient of the Lindback Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching, Widener University, 2001

  • Recipient of the College of Arts and Science Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award, 1999

  • PI or co-PI on 7 National Science Foundation Grants (>$1.2M) since 1995 at Widener University

Selected Publications

  • Grant, B.W. (2009). Practitioner research as a way of knowing: A case study of teacher learning in improving Undergraduates' Concept Acquisition of Evolution by Natural Selection. National Academy of Sciences Commissioned Paper from the NRC Board On Science Education Workshop "Promising Practices in STEM Undergraduate Education." (

  • Grant, B.W., Middendorf, G., Colgan, M.J.,  Ahmad, H., & Vogel, M.B. (2010). Herps in Cities * Herps of Cities: Urbanophiles, Urbanophobes, and the Urbanoblivious. Section 3, Chapter 4. In J. Niemela & I. Sherman (Eds.), Handbook of Urban Ecology. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

  • Grant, B.W. (2003). Campus ecology as a means to urban environmental literacy. In A.R. Berkowitz, C.H. Nilon, and K.S. Holweg (Eds.), Understanding Urban Ecosystems: A New Frontier for Science and Education, 355–369. Springer-Verlag New York, Inc.

Ecological Society of America (ESA), Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE), Society for Conservation Biology (SCB), American Society of Naturalists (ASN)