James G. March, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
James March is an Associate Professor in the Biology and Environmental Science programs. Since starting at W&J in 2002 he has taught a wide variety of classes. He currently teaches Ecology, Evolution and Biological Diversity; Ecological Research; Introduction to Environmental Studies; Fly Fishing; and Conservation Photography. He is an aquatic ecologist with broad interests in ecology, natural history, and conservation. He facilitates student research at the Abernathy Field Station and champions the importance of natural history through collaborative projects with W&J’s Computing and Information Studies Department.
Dr. March’s research integrates questions on the species, community and ecosystem level and has been conducted in both temperate and tropical locations. He uses a variety of methods including descriptive studies, in situ and laboratory experiments, and stable isotope analysis. His previous research focused on the ecology and conservation of tropical island streams and was conducted in Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia, Puerto Rico, and Dominica. His current research focuses on the ecology and conservation of southwestern Pennsylvania. Recent collaborations with students have examined turtle populations in local ponds, salamander and crayfish populations in headwater streams, and aquatic macroinvertebrates. March also uses photography to teach ecology to local elementary school children and is active in campus sustainability and civic engagement initiatives.