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Biodiversity Laboratory

News - 2011

Young Naturalist Award submission from the Biodiversity Lab

Biodiversity Lab attends AAAS Meeting in Washington, D.C.

"New Life" Turtle Rescue Program 2011

Biodiversity Laboratory
News – 2010

Biodiversity Lab Director, Dr. Scott McRobert, presented a talk entitled: “Stories Behind the Species: Animals at Risk” at the Wagner Free Institute of Science. To see the poster, go to:

Lights, Camera, Action: Cue the Goldfish

Biodiversity Laboratory
Research Projects – 2010


  • The effects of experience on shoaling behavior in the zebrafish (Danio rerio) and pearl danios (Danio albolineatus)
  • The effect of experience on background coloration and pattern selection in zebrafish (Danio rerio)
  • Fish Cam
  • The effect of temperature and density on larval development and metamorphosis in the American toad (Bufo americanus)
  • Temperature effects on metamorphosis in tropical frogs
  •     Examination of turtles in Philadelphia’s Asian markets
  •     Maintenance of assurance colonies of endangered and threatened turtle species      
  •     The effects of sleep deprivation on sexual behavior in Drosophila melanogaster
  •     Field survey of the Drosophila community in the Philadelphia area

Biodiversity Laboratory
News - 2008

Biodiversity Lab Director, Dr. Scott McRobert, interviewed on 60 Minutes on CBS