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Jeannette Dumas

Title Faculty
Program / Dept. Associate Professor, Biology
Phone x2370

Jeannette Dumas, Ph.D. Her area of expertise is Ecology, Environmental Science and Sustainability. She teaches the following courses: Science for Life, Science Issues, General biology Lecture and Laboratory, Ecology, Evolution, Marine Biology, and Undergraduate Research. Her research focuses on the sustainability of aquatic ecosystems.

“I love all things Biology, especially teaching it. To me, teaching biology, or as I like to call it, socializing over Biology, is one my life’s most joyful experiences. What could be more inspiring that wondering about how life works. When I introduce myself to students on the first day of class, I am often heard saying “How can you not love biology, it’s about life!” It’s truly awesome!”

 Please watch this TV interview with Dr. Dumas, coordinator of environmental science programs.


Stony Brook University, Bachelor of Science, 1983
Northeastern University, Master of Science, 1990
Drexel University, Doctorate, 1996


Jeannette Dumas, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Biology, and has been a full time faculty member since 2012. Her area of expertise is Ecology, Environmental Science, and Sustainability. She teaches the following courses: Science for Life, Science Issues, General Biology Lecture and Laboratory, Ecology, Evolution, Marine Biology, and Undergraduate Research. She loves teaching biology because it’s about life, and in the words of Emily Dickinson “what more is there.” Dr. Dumas is also an active participant in the Building Faculty Capacity for 21st Century Teaching: A SEPCHE/Teagle Foundation Initiative. As an advocate for K – 12 STEM Education as well, she helps schools in Philadelphia establish extra-curricular science programs.

Jeannette Dumas received her Ph.D. in Biology from Drexel University, under the mentorship of James Spotila, a world-renowned expert on sea turtles. While at Drexel, she studied the marine ecology of rocky intertidal shores of New England. She also has a Masters Degree in Biology from the Marine Science Center of Northeastern University, located in Nahant Massachusetts. She has participated in many ecological field studies, including a long-term study of seabird populations on the Farallon Islands. She has also published in the Birds of North America, a compilation of life history accounts of all North American bird species. “Although I love all areas of biology, I decided to study ecology because I could combine this passion with my love of being outdoors.”

Her current research is in aquatic ecology. Her students (AKA “The Stream Team”) study the health of the campus stream, a tributary of Mill Creek. They assess water quality by measuring the amount of certain pollutants, and quantifying the abundance and diversity of macroinvertebrates living in the stream. Her group is collaborating with a local conservation organization, the Lower Merion Conservancy, which has been studying the health of Mill Creek for many years. Her students have presented their research at the SEPCHE Honor’s Conference, Sigma Xi Undergraduate Research Symposium, and at the Sustainability Symposium of the Institute for Ethical Leadership and Social Responsibility at Rosemont College. Their work was featured in the Spring 2015 issue of Ethos.


Lusk, A., Dumas, J., Gilmore, C., Hobson-Baker, Sullivan, M., and J. Ullrich. 2013. Compendium for using metacognition in the classroom. ALTER website.

Dumas, J. V. & Pearson Custom Library. 2013. Discovering Your Inner Scientist. A Laboratory Manual for Life Science, Rosemont College.

Dumas, J. V. 1999. Roseate Spoonbill (Ajaja Ajaja). In The Birds of North America, No. 490, (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.

Dumas, J. V. 1996. Factors affecting the abundance and distribution of the green sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis) in rocky intertidal pools of New England. Ph.D. Thesis, Drexel University.

Dumas, J. V. and J. D. Witman. 1993. Predation by Herring Gulls (Larus argentatus Coues) on two rocky intertidal crab species [Carcinus maenas (L.) & Cancer irroratus (Say)]. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 169: 89 - 101.

Dumas, J. V. 1990. The importance of gulls (Larus argentatus and L. marinus as predators in a rocky intertidal community with special attention to predation on crabs. Masters Thesis, Northeastern University.


Fall 2014. Connelly Foundation Distinguished Visitor Program. Invited speaker: Dr. James    R. Spotila, Betz Chair Professor of Biology, Drexel University. “Saving Sea Turtles      in the Modern World.

Fall 2014. Connelly Foundation Young Faculty Research Grant. Water Quality Analysis       and Macroinvertebrate Species Composition of the Rosemont College Stream.

Spring 2014 – Fall 2014. SEPCHE Building Faculty Capacity for the 21st Century Award: Using Data Collection Technology to Enhance Faculty Capacity for Student Engagement and Peer Instruction in the Laboratory Setting.

Spring 2013. SEPCHE Building Faculty Capacity for the 21st Century Award: “Metacognitive Strategy for Teaching Chemistry & Biology: Design and Construction of an Interactive Living Laboratory.”

Fall 2013. SEPCHE Building Faculty Capacity Award for the 21st Century: “Compendium for Using Metacognition in the Classroom.”

1992 & 1993. Lerner-Gray Fund for Marine Research, American Museum of Natural History.

1991 & 1992. Grants-in-Aid of Research, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society.