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Marie Simovich, PhD

Professor, Biology

Marie Simovich, PhD, has been at USD since 1986 and is the director of the Branchiopod Research Group. Her research is on the ecology and evolution of ephemeral pool organisms with a focus on endangered crustaceans.  She has a number of students in her lab working on grants.  She is a frequent consultant to the US Fish and Wildlife Service as a member of the Vernal Pool Multi-Species Recovery Team and is a member of the IUCN World Conservation Union Inland Water Crustacea Specialist Group.  She is also an adjunct professor at San Diego State University.

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Ph.D., University of California, Riverside
M.S.,California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; Biology 
B.S., California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; Biology 

Post-doctoral work, Los Angeles Museum of Natural History

Scholarly and Creative Work

Simovich is interested in the ecology and evolution of ephemeral pool organisms with a focus on endangered crustaceans and an emphasis on conservation and management.  She also works on the use of biochemical and molecular genetic techniques to investigate the evolutionary consequences of diapause and the development of isolation mechanisms.  She has numerous publications, presentations and contributions to invited symposia.  Many of her papers and presentations include students as co-authors.  She reviews for numerous international journals including Hydrobiologia, the Journal of Crustacean Biology, Applied Ecology, Aquatic Biology and Invertebrate Biology.

Teaching Interests

Simovich currently teaches population biology, conservation biology and desert biology. She has also taught genetics, biology of organisms and introduction to genetics, evolution and ecology. She particularly enjoys getting students out into the field.