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960 Biotechnology (B.S.)

960 Biotechnology (B.S.)

Robert Erdman

Robert ErdmanAssociate Professor and Biology BS Program Leader
Phone: (239) 590-7503
Office: WH 123


  • B.A. in Biology - Millersville University
  • M.S. in Marine Science - University of South Florida
  • Ph.D. in Marine Science - University of South Florida


Marine invertebrate ecology and physiology

Current/Active Courses

  • BSC 1011 – General Biology II lecture – annually Fall and Spring
  • ZOO 3205C – Invertebrate Zoology – annually Fall
  • PCB 3723C – Comparative Animal Physiology – annually Spring
  • BSC 3367C – Tropical Island Biology – annually Summer A


My research interests broadly encompass all aspects of marine invertebrate ecology and physiology especially with crustaceans and cubozoans. Recently, my students and I have been examining cryptic shrimp populations that inhabit conduits in anchialine lakes on San Salvador Island, Bahamas.

Selected Publications/Scholarly work/etc. (* indicates undergraduate student)

  • Robert M. Lasley Jr, Cheryl Lewis Ames, Robert B. Erdman, Sheri Parks and Allen G. Collins. 2016. First record of the box jellyfish Tripedalia cystophora (Cnidaria: Cubozoa:Tripedaliidae) in the Gulf of Mexico. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington. 129: 164-172.
  • Robert E. Ditter*, Anna M. Goebel and Robert B. Erdman. 2015. First Record of the anchialine shrimp Parhippolyte sterreri (Decapoda, Barbouriidae) from San Salvador Island, Bahamas, with observations on Barbouria cubensis. Marine Biodiversity Records. Available on line at: Cambridge University Press - doi: 10.1017/S1755267215000196
  • Courtney L. Bennett*, Matthew D. Nicholson* and Robert B. Erdman. 2014. First Record of Copula sivickisi (Cnidaria: Cubozoa) in the Tropical Western Atlantic Ocean: An Enigmatic Occurrence from San Salvador Island, Bahamas. Pp. 33-37 in Tepper, C. and R. Shaklee, eds., Proceedings of the 14th Symposium on the Natural History of the Bahamas. Gerace Research Center, San Salvador, Bahamas.