Dr. Christopher A. Binckley
Assistant Professor of Biology
Dr. Binckley joined the biology faculty at Arcadia University in the fall of 2009. He is a community ecologist and his research generally focuses on how biodiversity patterns are generated in aquatic ecosystems. Past projects examined how predators and forest canopy coverage affected amphibian and aquatic insect diversity in wetlands, and how productivity, land-use, and hydrologic gradients interacted to affect fish and salamander populations inhabiting headwater streams. Chris expanded his research program at Arcadia with students who are investigating how biopesticides, invasive plants and introduced fish predators affect Asian tiger mosquito populations, and how urbanization affects stream salamanders.
Dr. Binckley enjoys teaching General Biology I & II, Research Methods, Junior Seminar, Ecology and Aquatic Biology. His primary teaching goal is for students to attain lasting understanding of concepts by encouraging them to ask questions and develop their own research projects. He believes strongly in the substantial involvement of undergraduates in both basic and applied research so to be intimately involved in science.
Dr. Binckley received both his B.S. (Environmental Science) and M.S. (Ecology) from Drexel University. His Ph.D. is in Ecology from Old Dominion University. Dr. Binckley joined Arcadia after post-doctoral appointments with University of Alaska, Fairbanks and Rutgers University.
- Binckley, C.A. & J.R. Spotila. (2014) Sex determination in leatherback sea turtles. In The Leatherback Sea Turtles: Biology and Conservation. V. Burke ed. In press.
- Resetarits, W.J., Jr. & C.A. Binckley. (2014) Species responses of colonizing beetles to variation in patch quality, number, and context in experimental aquatic landscapes. Ecological Entomology, 39, 226-235.
- Resetarits, W.J., Jr. & C.A. Binckley. (2013) Is the Pirate really a Ghost? Evidence for generalized chemical camouflage in an aquatic predator, Pirate Perch (Aphredoderus sayanus). American Naturalist, 181,690-699.
- Resetarits, W.J., Jr. & C.A. Binckley. (2013) Patch quality and context, but not patch number, drive multi-scale colonization dynamics in experimental aquatic landscapes. Oecologia, 173, 933-946.
- Sieg, A.E., C.A. Binckley, B.P. Wallace, P.S. Tomillo, R.D. Reina, F.V. Paladino & J.R. Spotila. (2011) Sex ratios of leatherback turtles: hatchery translocation decreases metabolic heating and female bias. Endangered Species Research, 15, 195-204.