Robert A Krebs (Bob Krebs), Ph.D.
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 Title: Professor
Research Associate, CMNH
 Dept: Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences
 Office: SR G74
 Phone: 216-523-7553
 Fax: 216-687-6972
 Email: R.KREBS@csuohio.edu
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. SR G74, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Education:
B.S., Biochemistry, Virginia Tech, 1984
M.S., Biology, Virginia Tech, 1986
Ph.D., Zoology, Arizona State University, 1989
 
Brief Bio:
My dual interests in biology and chemistry first took me to Virginia Tech, as the only university in Virginia then that offered a degree titled Biochemistry.  In time, I pursued questions in WHY organisms behave the way they do, wording that indicated an interest in evolution and speciation.  Thus I left chemistry and took a Masters studying morphological evolution and constraints. From there, I followed the famous line of Horace Greeley,'Go West, young man' to research behavioral mechanisms in speciation for a Ph.D. in Arizona, and several research positions: in population divergence and environmental variation in Australia, developmental variation in high temperature tolerance at the University of Aarhus, DK (with field work in the Canary Islands), and eventually the underlying molecular basis of such changes at the University of Chicago.

Tempering my westward migration, I came east to Cleveland, where since 1997 I have continued to study the relationship between environmental variation and genetic divergence within species, moving from a model species group, fruit flies, to freshwater mussels.  These animals have largely failed to adapt to the changes of urban living, often declining in numbers or disappearing completely.  Understanding their tolerance limits to diverse stresses in rivers and lakes is a critical step to initiate recovery, and also one necessary to understand the population biology of this enigmatic family of mollusks.
 
Honors and Awards:
Repeat winner McNair Mentor-of-the-year (May, 2012, 2015)
 
Creative and Activities:
I maintain a large display in the hallway of the Science Research Bldg. presenting numerous examples of the past and present economic use of mollusks, an adjoining display on historical aspects of the study of Evolutionary Biology, Darwinism and Natural History, and a great example of an evolutionary outcome, the enigmatic sea shells people collect that evolved in response to increasing predator efficiency across time.

I participated in a podcast with a Comedian, Shane Mauss, on how people perceive animals in nature and their evolution - it's an hour long and possibly even worth the time.

http://www.herewearepodcast.com/episode/12/bob-krebs
 
Research Interests:
My research interests have moved from a long history of work on the underlying physiological and ecological causes of population divergence primarily in Drosophila as a model organism, to an examination of the response of freshwater mussels in the family Unionidae to the many stresses imposed by urbanization and agriculture.Loss of unionid mussels became a state and national wildlife concern. Within the Lake Erie watershed, populations in the numerous small rivers flowing to the lake are largely isolated, as the introduction of zebra and quagga mussels (family Dreissinidae) decimated native mussel populations. Currently, water quality is improving, providing an unusual opportunity to track migration and gene flow as species recolonize habitat within watersheds. However, defining the conditions necessary for mussels to recover has remained challenging, while characterizing degradation is often simple. Determing what animals need to live well is the next step.
 
Teaching Areas:
Animal diversity, Behavior, Biogeography, Evolution, Population Biology, Writing in Biology, and Human Biology (for non-majors).
 
Professional Affiliations:
Society for Freshwater Science
Ohio Academy of Sciences
Cleveland Zoological Society
 
University Service:
Currently I serve as the CSU-AAUP Ex-President (Aug. 15, 2018- )
Faculty representative to the General Safety Committee (2012 - )
Faculty Senate (Fall 2011- present)
Graduate Counci
University and COSHP Budget Committees
 
Professional Service:
Occasional Reviewer for numerous journals.


Review of Texts/Edited Books: Miller and Harley, Zoology 5th ed., selected chapters, MacGraw Hill, Freeman and Herron, Evolutionary Analysis, 1st ed., Prentice Hall, Halliburton, Population Genetics 1st ed., selected chapters, Prentice Hall. Goodenough, Human Biology, 1st ed. selected chapters, Prentice Hall; Environmental Factors, Cellular Stress and Evolution, S. C. Lakhotia, editor.

Reviews for Grant Agencies: served on an NSF Panel for DDIG awards (March, 2003), NSF grant reviews (several annually), NWO Veni programme (Innovational Research Incentive Scheme, The Netherlands). Outside Ph.D. dissertation evaluations: Aarhus Univeristy, DK, Melbourne University, AU, Monash University, AU, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
 
Community Service:
I work with the Cleveland Museum Natural History, Natural Areas division and with many of the areas park systems: Cuyahoga County Metroparks, Geauga County Metroparks, Lake County Metroparks and Summit County Metro Parks.
 
Research Grants:
Recent:
2010-2011 - The Lake Erie Protection Fund. Protecting mussel habitat on Lake Erie's coast ($14,707).
2011-2012 Geauga County Parks - Interconnectivity of the mussel fauna in the Geauga County highlands: a study of the adjacent headwater streams within the Chagrin, Cuyahoga, and Grand River watersheds ($3,000; revised budget for 2012).
2012 Summer The distribution of the state endangered Eastern Pondmussel. Internally funded from the CSU Provost's Office initiative for Engaged Learning ($3,607).
2013 Summer Assessing gene flow and its general application to genetic variation in declining populations of freshwater mussels. Internally funded from the CSU Provost's Office initiative for Engaged Learning ($6.040).
2011-2014- Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act FY 2010: Conservation of native freshwater mussel refuges in Great Lakes coastal zones, Funded in full. This multi-investigator collaborative grant asks for $381,000 ($21,000 in as a pass through to my laboratory).
2015-2016 - Summit County Metro Parks - The next step to ecological recovery in the Cuyahoga River ($5,000).