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Ted Daeschler, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science; Associate Curator of Vertebrate Zoology, Vice President for Systematic Biology and the Library, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 

Ted Daeschler

Office: The Academy of Natural Sciences
Phone: 215.299.1133
Email: daeschler@ansp.org
Website: http://clade.ansp.org/vert_zoology/people/daeschler/


Education

  • BS, Geology, Franklin and Marshall College, 1981
  • MS, Paleontology, University of California at Berkeley, 1985
  • PhD, Geology, University of Pennsylvania, 1998

Research Interests

My current research program in vertebrate paleontology focuses on the vertebrate fauna of the Late Devonian Period (385-363 million-years-ago) in eastern North America. The research involves active fossil collecting, systematic work focusing on freshwater vertebrates, and the nature of early non-marine ecosystems. Fieldwork is ongoing since 1993 in Pennsylvania and since 1999 on Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic. Fossil discoveries from the incompletely-known Late Devonian interval help us to answer questions about the diversification of major groups of fishes, the origin of limbed vertebrates, and the invasion of land by plants and animals.


Biography

Ted Daeschler has been at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia since 1987 where he is now Vice-President for Systematic Biology and the Library. Ted studied geology at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and received a Masters in paleontology at the University of California at Berkeley in 1985. He was awarded his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania in 1998. Ted’s responsibilities at the Academy of Natural Sciences focus on research, collections building, and on public programs within the museum. He served as a scientific advisor for the renovation of the Academy’s Dinosaur Hall, and a variety of other paleontological exhibits. Ted’s work is a reflection of the rich history of vertebrate paleontology at the Academy of Natural Sciences, both in research and in public education.


Selected Publications

  • Daeschler, E. B., J. A. Clack, and N. H. Shubin. In press. Late Devonian tetrapod remains from Red Hill, Pennsylvania, USA: how much diversity? Acta Zooloica.
  • Downs, J. P., E.B. Daeschler, F. A. Jenkins, Jr, and N. H. Shubin. 2008. The cranial endoskeleton of Tiktaalik roseae. Nature 445:925-929.
  • Friedman, M. and E. B. Daeschler. 2006. Late Devonian (Famennian) lungfishes from the Catskill Formation of Pennsylvania, USA. Palaeontology 49(6):1-17.
  • Shubin, N. H., E. B. Daeschler and F.A. Jenkins, Jr. 2006. The pectoral fin of Tiktaalik roseae and the origin of the tetrapod limb. Nature 440:764-771.
  • Daeschler, E. B., N. H. Shubin and F. A. Jenkins, Jr. 2006. A Devonian tetrapod-like fish and the evolution of the tetrapod body plan. Nature 440:757-763.
  • Wilson, H. M., E. B. Daeschler and S. Desbiens. 2005. New flat-backed archipolypodan millipedes from the Upper Devonian of North America. Journal of Paleontology 79(4):737-743.


Post Doctorate and Graduate Students

  • Jason P. Downs (Post Doctorate)