Eric DeChaine , PhD

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About

I am a naturalist at heart, striving to better understand the natural world: the diversity of species, their environments, and their interactions. Unfortunately, we are currently losing biological diversity faster than at any time in human history. So, my challenge is twofold: 1) to survey the natural world now with the hopes of understanding and conserving biodiversity and the underlying processes that have given rise to it and 2) to foster a natural curiosity and enjoyment of nature in young people so they grow into lifelong stewards of the environment.

Educational & Professional Experience

EDUCATION

2003, Ph. D. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder

1995, M. S. Zoology, University of Hawaii, Manoa

1991, B. S. Biology, University California, San Diego

 

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

2016 - present, Professor of Biology, WWU

2006 - present, Curator of the Pacific Northwest Herbarium (WWB)

2011 - 2016, Associate Professor of Biology, WWU

2006 - 2011, Assistant Professor of Biology, WWU

2004 - 2006, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University

Recent Publications

Wershow, ST, EG DeChaine. 2018. Retreat to refugia: Severe habitat contraction projected for endemic alpine plants of the Olympic Peninsula. American Journal of Botany. doi.org/10.1002/ajb2.1042

Bloom, TDS, A Flower, EG DeChaine. 2017. Why georeferencing matters: Introducing a practical protocol to prepare species occurrence records for spatial analysis. Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.3516

DeChaine EG, BM Wendling, and BR Forester. 2014. Integrating environmental, molecular, and morphological data to unravel an ice-age radiation of arctic-alpine Campanula in western North America. Ecology and Evolution. doi:10.1002/ece3.1168.

DeChaine EG. 2014. Introducing the Spotted Saxifrages: Saxifraga sect. Bronchiales, sect. nov. (Saxifragaceae). Rhodora 116: 25-40.

Metcalf JL, Prost S, Nogués-Bravo D, DeChaine EG, Anderson C, Batra P, Araújo MB, Cooper A, Guralnick RP. 2014. Integrating multiple lines of evidence into historical biogeography hypothesis testing: A Bison bison case study. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 281: 20132782.

DeChaine EG, BR Forester**, H Schaefer, and CC Davis. 2013. Deep genetic divergence between disjunct refugia in the arctic-alpine King's Crown, Rhodiola integrifolia (Crassulaceae). PloS ONE 8: e79451.

DeChaine EG, SA Anderson*, JM McNew*, and BM Wendling. 2013. On the Evolutionary and Biogeographic History of Saxifraga sect. Trachyphyllum (Gaud.) Koch (Saxifragaceae Juss.). PloS ONE 8(7): e69814. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0069814.

Forester BR**, EG DeChaine, and AG Bunn. 2013. Integrating ensemble species distribution modelling and statistical phylogeography to inform projections of climate change impacts on species distributions. Diversity and Distributions doi: 10.1111/ddi.12098.

Wendling BM**, KE Galbreath, and EG DeChaine. 2011. Resolving the evolutionary history of Campanula (Campanulaceae) in western North America. PLoS ONE 6: e23559.

Galbreath KE, J. Cook, AA Eddingsaas, and EG DeChaine. 2011. Diversity and demography in Beringia: multi-locus tests of paleodistribution models reveal the complex history for arctic ground squirrels. Evolution 65: 1879-1896.

* undergraduate student coauthors, ** graduate student coauthors