CURRICULUM VITAE
Dale David Edwards

EDUCATION

Ph.D. Biology, Wake Forest University, 1993
M.S. Biology, Wake Forest University, 1988.
B.Sc. Zoology, Brandon University, 1986.

TEACHING

Teaching Positions

2007 to present: Professor of Biology, University of Evansville
2000-2007: Associate Professor of Biology, University of Evansville 
1994-2000: Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Evansville 
1993-1994: Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Richmond 
1993 (Summer): Visiting lecturer, High Point University
Courses Taught
General Biology (non-majors and majors) 
General Zoology  
Introduction to Plant Biology
History of Life 
Evolution 
Ecology 
Animal Parasitology 
Scientific Communication 
Natural History of Marine Invertebrates 
Comparative Physiology (lab only) 
Marine Biology (lab only) 
Invertebrate Zoology (lab only)

PUBLICATIONS

1. Edwards, D. D. and M. F. Vidrine. 2006. Host specificity among Unionicola spp. (Acari: Unionicolidae) parasitizing freshwater mussels. Journal of Parasitology, 92 977-983.

2. Ernsting, B.R., D. D. Edwards, M. F. Vidrine, K. S. Myers, and C. M. Harmon. 2006. Phylogenetic Relationships among species of the subgenus Parasitatax (Acari: Unionicolidae: Unionicola) based on DNA sequence of the mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase I gene. International Journal of Acarology, 32 195-202.

3. Edwards, D. D. 2004. In search of fluctuating asymmetry: no evidence among Chironomus tentans (Diptera: Chironomidae) parasitized by the ectoparasitic water mite Unionicola foili (Acari: Unionicolidae). Acarologia, 44: 209-217.

4. Edwards, D. D., D. E. Deatherage, and B. R. Ernsting. 2004. Random amplified polymorphic DNA analysis of kinship within host-associated populations of the symbiotic water mite Unionicola foili (Acari: Unionicolidae). Exp. Appl. Acarol., 34:67-77

5. Edwards, D. D. 2004. Effects of low pH and high temperature on hatching and survival of the water mite Unionicola foili (Acari: Unionicolidae). Proc. Indiana Acad. Sci. Proc.,113: 26-32.

6. Edwards, D. D. and H. G. Smith. 2003. Host sex preferences and transmission success by the water Unionicola foili (Acari: Unionicolidae) parasitic on the midge Chironomus tentans (Diptera: Chironomidae). J. Parasitol., 89: 681-685.

7. Edwards, D. D. and M. Labhart. 2000. Genetic differences among host-associated populations of water mites (Acari: Unionicolidae: Unionicola): allozyme variation supports morphological differentiation. J. Parasitol., 86: 1008-1011.

8. Edwards, D. D. 1999. The behavioral responses by larvae of the water mite Unionicola foili (Acari: Unionicolidae) to gravity, light and host chemicals: adaptations for transmission success? Exp. Appl. Acarol., 23:817-826.

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. Edwards, D. D. The freshwater mussels (Bivalvia: Unionidae) of Pigeon Creek, a small southwestern Indiana ributary of the Ohio River. Proc. Indiana Acad. Sci. Proc.,107: 79-84.

10. Edwards, D. D., R. Bogardus, and N. Wilhite. 1998. Geographic Differences in Host Specialization between the Symbiotic Water Mites Unionicola formosa and U. foili (Acari: Unionicolidae). In: Evolution and Ecology of the Acari. J. Briun, L. van der Geest, and M.W. Sabelis (eds.). Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.

11. Edwards, D. D. and R. V. Dimock, Jr. 1997. Genetic differentiation between Unionicola formosa and U. foili (Acari: Unionicolidae): cryptic species of molluscan symbionts. Invert. Biol., 116: 124-133

12. Weiberg, M and D. D. Edwards. 1997. Survival and reproductive output of Chironomus tentans (Diptera: Chironomidae) in response to parasitism by larval Unionicola foili (Acari: Unioniclidae). J. Parasitol., 83:173-175.

13. Edwards, D. D and R. V. Dimock, Jr. 1995. Life history characteristics of larval Unionicola (Acari: Unionicolidae) parasitic on Chironomus tentans. J. Nat. Hist., 29: 1197-1208.

14. Edwards, D. D. and R. V. Dimock, Jr. 1995. Specificity of the host recognition behavior of larval Unionicola (Acari: Unionicolidae): the effects of larval ontogeny and early larval experience. Anim. Behav., 50:343-352.

15. Edwards, D. D. and M. F. Vidrine. 1994 . A new species in the water mite subgenus Parasitatax (Acari: Unionicolidae: Unionicola) from the North American freshwater mussel, Utterbackia imbecilis (Bivalva: Unionidae). J. Elisha Mitch. Soc., 110: 1-6.

16. Edwards, D. D. and R. V. Dimock, Jr. 1991. The relative importance of size versus territorial residency in intraspecific aggression by symbiotic male water mites (Acari: Unionicolidae). J. Exp. Appl. Acarol. 12: 61-65.

17. Edwards, D. D. and A. O. Bush. 1989. Helminth communities of avocets: importance of the compound community. J. Parasitol. 75: 225-238.

18. Edwards, D. D. and R. V. Dimock, Jr. 1988. A comparison of the population dynamics of Unionicola formosa from two anodontine bivalves in a North Carolina farm pond. J. Elisha Mitch. Soc. 104: 90-98.


PRESENTATIONS/POSTERS

1. Edwards, D. D., B. R. Ernsting, and M. F. Vidrine. 2007. Phylogenetic relationships among Unionicola mussel-mites: inferences from morphological and molecular characters. Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Phoenix, AZ.

2. Edwards, D. D. and M. F. Vidrine. 2006. Patterns of host specificity among unionicolid water mites of North America. Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Orlando, FL.

3. Edwards, D. D. 2004. In search of fluctuating asymmetry: no evidence among midges parasitized by mites. Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, New Orleans, LA.

4. Edwards, D.D. and B.R. Ernsting. 2003. Determination of parentage and kinship relationships among symbiotic water mites using RAPD profiling. Annual Meeting of SICB, Toronto, Canada.

5. Edwards, D. D., M. Clark, D. Deatherage, E. Janson, A. Morgan, and B.R. Ernsting. 2002. The application of RAPD-PCR profiling in determining kinship relationships among the symbiotic water mite Unionicola foili. 118th Annual Meeting of the Indiana Academy of Science, Butler, IN.

6. Vidrine, M. F., D. D. Edwards, A. E. Bogan, and W. R. Hoeh. 2002. Gill mites and unionid phylogeny. 68th Annual Meeting of the American Malacological Union.

7. Edwards, D. D. 2002. Ecological poetics: exploring the relationship between literature and the natural world. Midwestern Conference on Film Language and Literature, Northern Illinois University.

8. Edwards, D.D. 2002. Does host sex enhance the transmission dynamics of parasites? A study of mites and mideges. Annual Meeting of SICB, Anaheim, California.

9. Edwards, D. D. 2001. Increased fluctuating asymmetry among chironomid midges in response to ecctoparasitic water mites: implications for fluctuating asymmetry theory. Annual Meeting of SICB, Chicago, Illinois.

10. Edwards, D. D. and B. A. Cohen. 2000. Teaching evolution on the web using interactive and collaborative learning initiatives. Amer. Zool., 39:309A.

11. Edwards, D. D. 1999. Phototaxis and geotaxis by larvae of the water mite Unionicola foili: adaptations for transmission success. Amer. Zool., 38:463A.

12. Edwards, D.D. and M. Labhart. 1998. Host-induced changes in morphology among water mites of the genus Unionicola: fact or fallacy? 114th Annual Meeting of the Indiana Academy of Science. Indianapolis, Indiana.

13. Edwards, D. D. 1997. Phototaxis and geotaxis by larvae of the water mite Unionicola foili: adaptations for transmission success. Amer. Zool., 37:146A

14. Edwards, D. D. 1997. Light and gravity responses by the water mite Unionicola foili: the effects of larval ontogeny and chemical cues. Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America.

15. Edwards, D. D. 1996. Host specificity and reproductive isolation: experimental evidence from symbiotic water mites of the genus Unionicola (Acari: Unionicolidae). Third Symposium of the European Association of Acarologists.

16. Edwards, D. D. and M. Weiberg. 1996. The impact of larval Unionicola foili (Acari: Unionicolidae) on life history characteristics of Chironomus tentans (Diptera: Chironomidae). Southeastern Society of Parasitologists.

17. Edwards, D. D. 1996. The role of host specificity in maintaining reproductive isolation between symbiotic water mites of the genus Unionicola. 112th Annual Meeting of the Indiana Academy of Science.

18. Edwards, D. D. 1995. The effects of larval Unionicola foili (Acari: Unionicolidae) on the survival and reproduction of Chironomus tentans (Diptera: Chironomidae). 111th Annual Meeting of the Indiana Academy of Science.

19. Edwards, D. D. and R. V. Dimock, Jr. 1993. Host specificity and reproductive isolation: experimental evidence from the mussel-mite Unionicola formosa. 40th Annual Meeting of the North American Benthological Society.

20. Edwards, D. D. and R. V. Dimock, Jr. 1992. The population genetics of Unionicola formosa mussel/mites: evidence of host-associated sibling species. Abstracts of the 89th Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Academy of Science.

21. Edwards, D. D. and R. V. Dimock, Jr. 1991. The ontogeny of host recognition behavior by the symbiotic water mite Unionicola formosa. Amer. Zool., 31:145A.

22. Dimock, R. V., Jr. and D. D. Edwards. 1991. Freshwater mussels and freshwater mites: symbiosis and speciation. 57th Annual Meeting of the American Malacological Union.

23. Edwards, D. D. and R. V. Dimock, Jr. 1991. Host specific genetic variation among populations of the symbiotic water mite Unionicola formosa. 52 Annual Meeting of the South Eastern Biologists.

24. Edwards, D. D. and R. V. Dimock, Jr. 1990. Behavior and electrophoresis: the species question among water mites of the genus Unionicola. Abstracts of the 87th Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Academy of Science.

25. Edwards, D. D. and R. V. Dimock, Jr. 1989. The importance of size in intraspecific aggression by male water mites. 50th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Biologists.

26. Edwards, D. D. and R. V. Dimock, Jr. 1988. The population biology of Unionicola formosa in two anodontine mussels from North Carolina. Amer. Soc. Parasitol. 63:117.

27. Edwards, D. D. and R. V. Dimock, Jr. 1988. The population dynamics of Unionicola formosa from two anodontine bivalves from North Carolina. Abstracts of the 85th Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Academy of Science.

28. Edwards, D. D. and A. O. Bush. 1986. Helminth communities in avocets: the importance of the compound community. Amer. Soc. Parasitol. 61:154.

29. Edwards, D. D. 1986. Faunal similarity and infracommunity structure of helminths of the American avocet. Abstracts of the 20th Annual Prairie University Biological Symposium.


INVITED SEMINARS

“Richard Dawkins: Darwin's Living Bulldog” Invited speaker at the University of Evansville's Emeritus Faculty Monthly Meeting, March 29th, 2006

“Phylogenetic Relationships among Unionicola mussel-mites of North America”, Virginia Commonwealth University, October 7th, 2005

“Of Mites, Mussels, and Men”, University of Southern Indiana, October 21, 2005

“Of Peacocks, Parasites, and People: The Explanatory Potential of Darwin's Theory of Sexual Selection” Invited speaker at the University of Evansville's Emeritus Faculty Monthly Meeting, March 17th, 2004

"Biology in the 21st Century: Wherefore and Whither the Poet?" Invited speaker for the Annual Phi Kappa Phi Banquet, University of Evansville, Spring 2002

"New Millennium, New Environmental Ethic - Rediscovering our Place in Nature." Invited lecturer in the Andiron Lecture Series in Literature and Humanities, Spring, 2000

"The Geography of Host Specialization: Experimental Studies from Symbiotic Water Mites". Invited Speaker, Department of Biology, Wabash College, Fall 1997

"Philosophy of Biological Instruction". Invited Speaker, Department of Biology, Purdue University, Spring 1996

"Behavioral approaches to the study of host specificity: examples using symbiotic water mites and freshwater mussel", Invited Speaker, Department of Biology, Purdue University, Spring 1996

"Mites and Mussels: Coevolution or Coadaptation?", Invited Speaker, Department of Biology, Kentucky-Weslyan College, Fall 1995

"Of Mites and Men". Invited speaker, Bi-Sci Club, University of Evanville, 1995

"Freshwater Mussels and Freshwater Mites: Symbiosis and Speciation". Invited Speaker Department of Biology, University of Richmond, 1994


RESEARCH INTERESTS

Ecology and behavior of symbiotic associations involving invertebrates
Population genetics and speciation events
Phylogenetic Systematics involving molecular approaches


PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

The Acarological Society of America
American Microscopical Society
The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
Indiana Academy of Sciences
Southeastern Society of Parasitologists


GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

Indiana Academy of Sciences research Grant, Co-authored with Dr. Brian Ernsting, 2006 ($1992.00)
Indiana Academy of Sciences research Grant, Co-authored with Dr. Brian Ernsting, 2004 ($2995.00)
Indiana Academy of Science Research Grant, 2001 ($1300)
ARSAF Alumni Association Research Award, University of Evansville, 2001 ($1400)
Faculty Development Grant, University of Evansville, 2000 ($1600)

EXCEL, Faculty Innovational Instruction Grant, University of Evansville, 2000 ($8000)
EXCEL, Faculty Innovational Instruction Grant, University of Evansville, 1999 ($5800)
EXCEL, Faculty Innovational Instruction Grant, University of Evansville, 1998 ($3000)
ARSAF Alumni Association Research Award, University of Evansville, 1997 ($1100)
Indiana Academy of Science Research Grant, 1996 ($1400)
Indiana Academy of Science Research Grant, 1995 ($400)
ARSAF Alumni Association Research Award, University of Evansville, 1995 ($1000)
Robert R. Bryden Grant, North Carolina Academy of Science, 1991 ($1000)
J. A. McLeod Memmorial Scholarship in Zoology, Brandon University, 1986 ($500)
Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada Undergraduate
Research Scholarship, 1986 ($3000)
NSERC of Canada Undergraduate Research Scholarship, 1985 ($3000)
NSERC of Canada Undergraduate Reaearch Scholarship, 1983 ($3000)

AWARDS

The Sadelle & Sydney Berger Annual Award for Scholarship, 2004
Deans' Outstanding Teacher Award, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Evansville, 1996


SPECIAL PROGRAMS AND COMMITTEE INVOLVMENT

Member of the Health and Wellness Committee, 2006 to present
Harlaxton Representative to the Faculty Senate, 2005 to present
Chair of the Andiron Lecture Series Advisory Committee, 2005 to present
Member of the Welborn Data Advisory Committee, 2005 to present
Member of Public Affair Committee, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, 2002 to present
Member of the Faculty Senate, University of Evansville, 1996-2002
Member of the Senate Executive Committee, Fall 1998-2000
Chair of Admissions and Standards Committee, 2000-2002
Member of the University’s Commencement Committee, Fall 2001-Spring 2002
Member of the Tenure and Promotion Committee, 2001-2004
Advisor to the Bachelor of Liberal Studies program, Fall 2001-Spring 2002
Member of the Signature Learning Center Science Advisory Council, 2000-2002
Faculty co-sponsor of University of Evansville's ECO club, 1998-1999
Chair of the Athletic Committee, University of Evansville, 1996-1999
Member of the Environmental Science Advisory Committee, 1996-1998
Member of World Cultures Advisory Committee, University of Evansville, 1996-1997
On-campus coordinator for University of Evansville's academic affiliation with the Gulf Coast Marine Laboratory, 1995-2001
Member of Project Kaleidoscope Faculty for the 21st Century - 1995 to present
Participant in PEW Higher Education Roundtable, PEW Charitable Trusts - 1995
Departmental Library Liaison, University of Evansville, 1994-2004