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Christopher Rowe

Associate Professor
Christopher Rowe
Associate Professor
Chesapeake Biological Laboratory


My research program investigates how physical and chemical aspects of the environment affect animal function and ecology. The work that my students and I do most frequently addresses human-derived impacts of climate change, pollution, and habitat degradation on wild animals. Our work is rooted in energetics and frequently addresses questions dealing with resource assimilation and allocation. We work exclusively with ectotherms, including vertebrates and invertebrates, and the bulk of the work involves amphibians and reptiles, including the iconic diamondback terrapin.

Areas of Expertise

  • Physiological Ecology
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Herpetology


  • 1994 Ph. D. - The Pennsylvania State University - Biology
  • 1990 Graduate course work in Oceanography - Virginia Institute of Marine Science
  • 1989 B.S. - The Pennsylvania State University - Biology, Marine Science minor

Regularly Offered Courses

Graduate Program Foundation Areas