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Richard M. Kliman


A.B., Colby College
Ph.D., Wesleyan University
Postdoctoral fellowships, Rutgers University and Harvard University

Dr. Kliman is an evolutionary and ecological geneticist. After teaching at large state institutions, he joined the faculty at Cedar Crest in 2002. He teaches courses primarily in genetics, ecology, and statistics. His research uses population genomics approaches to study evolution of invasive species and marine ecology. He also collaborates with Dr. John Cigliano on a study of the effectiveness of a marine reserve in Belize. His prior research at Cedar Crest has focused on new species formation and molecular evolution. His research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health and Conservation International. The marine reserve research has been supported by Earthwatch.

He is currently chair of the Education and Outreach Committee for the Society for the Study of Evolution. He has served as a program director in Evolutionary Processes at the U.S. National Science Foundation and as the editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Biology (Academic Press 2016). At Cedar Crest, he has served as the president of the Faculty Council (2015-2016, president-elect for 2024-2025) and as the Faculty Trustee (2016-2019). He was chair of the Department of Biological Sciences from 2017 to 2022.