Dr. Brent Sewall is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology. The goal of his research is to understand and address critical and emerging threats to biodiversity and to develop effective strategies for conservation. Ongoing work focuses on understanding threats to North American hibernating bats caused by the emerging infectious disease known as white-nose syndrome; identifying and addressing critical threats to tropical and temperate biodiversity; and understanding factors underpinning the resilience of ecological communities. His work has focused on cave, forest, and grassland communities in eastern North America and tropical sub-Saharan Africa, including in both intact and human-dominated ecosystems. Research in the lab often integrates population or community ecology with conservation biology and conservation practice. He uses a diversity of techniques in his work, especially intensive field ecology research and advanced statistical analysis. He also invests in improving science education, training early career scientists, developing the capacities of conservation professionals, and raising public awareness of science. He also serves as the Faculty Advisor for the Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity major in the Department of Biology. Dr. Sewall provides technical advice on ecology and conservation to the Pennsylvania Mammal Technical Committee and the national White-Nose Syndrome Response Team. He has received the American Society of Mammalogists’ William T. Hornaday Award for outstanding contributions to mammal conservation and Temple University’s William Caldwell Memorial Distinguished Mentoring Award. Previously, Dr. Sewall was a Research Assistant Professor at Temple and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Conservation Biology at the College of William and Mary. Dr. Sewall obtained a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis, an M.S. in Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota, and a B.A. from Penn State University.
Some of his recent work can be found here: https://sites.temple.edu/bjsewall/