Jeffrey S. Heilveil, Ph.D.
Chair; Associate Professor
115 Science I
SUNY College at Oneonta
Oneonta, NY 13820-4015
Ph: (607) 436-3162; Fax: (607) 436-3646
||Ph.D. - Entomology, University of Illinois
||M.S. - Entomology, University of Illinois
||B.S. - Natural Resources and Ecology, University of Michigan
The Genetics of Natural Populations
My research focuses on the population ecology of organisms living in flowing water ecosystems. Some of our current projects include: population genetic-based conservation plans for the blue land crab (Cardisoma guanhumi Latrielle) on Andros Island, The Bahamas, and the White Sands pupfish (Cyprinodon tularosa Miller and Echelle); using effective population size to understand bag limits for New York State (NYS) populations of river otters (Lontra canadensis (Schreber)); basic population genetics of carpenter bees (Xylocopa virginica L.) in NYS; and examining the interaction of urbanization and gene flow patterns in the saw-combed fishfly (Nigronia serricornis (Say)) and a golden stonefly (Acroneuria carolinensis (Banks)). My students and I couple field observations with population genetics to track migration, dispersal, and genetic bottlenecks. Although I am an entomologist by training, my current research program involves mammals, fish, and crustaceans, as well as insects, and I'm always interested in examining new organisms.
Recent Graduates of the Heilveil Lab:
Tami LaPilusa (M.S. 2012) - Genetic diversity of the blue land crab, Cardisoma guanhumi Latreille (Crustacea: Decapoda), on Andros Island, The Bahamas: Implications for sustainable management.
Kevin Schermerhorn (M.S. 2014) - Prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi in Otsego County, NY
Current Research Students in the Heilveil Lab:
Rachel Stevenson (graduate student) - Development of microsatellite markers for Nigronia serricornis (Say)
Joanna Salvino (graduate student) - Interaction of urbanization and gene flow in Nigronia serricornis (Say)
Christine Picucci (graduate student) - Phylogeography of Acroneuria carolinensis (Banks) in New York State
Mollie Goodwin (graduate student) - Gene flow patterns of Xylocopa virginica L. in New York State
Anna Van Der Krake (graduate student) - Predictive habitat model for Litobrancha recurvata (Morgan)