Daniel McDevit, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, also joins the AAP this fall and will be teaching primarily on the Wilmington campus. McDevit earned his B.S. in biology in 2001, graduating with honors from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., and received his M.Ed. in secondary science education from Boston College in 2005. He later earned his Ph.D. in biology from the University of New Brunswick, Canada, and his doctoral thesis, A Molecular Assisted Survey and Phylogenetic Study of Canadian Brown Macroalgae (Phaeophyceae), was completed in 2010. McDevit has been teaching biology at SouthWestern State College in Ft. Myers, Fla., since 2011, and serving as interim chair of SouthWestern's science department since 2014.
McDevit's research interests include the use of DNA barcoding, or DNA-based species identification, and its implications for future biological research; he is particularly interested in DNA barcoding's applications in the study and classification of marine algae. Since 2001, he has authored or co-authored publications appearing in a dozen different scholarly journals and has been invited to present his research at numerous conferences, seminars, and symposia.
McDevit says he had several influential instructors during the course of his own education who inspired him to pursue teaching. "The main factor that struck me about their teaching was their abundant enthusiasm for their subject," he said. "Their excitement was infectious and made us want to be a part of the excitement. I want to bring this passion to my classroom, to inspire students to be curious, to think critically and to explore the world around them."