Robert Elam

Robert J. Elam , PHD

Asst Professor - Adj Ann

Rieveschl Hall

A&S Biological Adjuncts - 0006

Professional Summary

Invasive species researcher and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences.


Bachelors of Science: University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH, 2014 (Environmental Studies)

Master of Science: University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH, 2017 (Biological Sciences)

Doctor of Philosophy: University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH, 2023 (Biological Sciences)

Associates of Science: Cincinnati State Technical & Community College Cincinnati, OH, 2010 (Environmental Sciences)

Research and Practice Interests

My current research focuses on the invasive ground cover and liana Euonymus fortunei, comparing genetics taken from escaped populations and comparing them to those of known horticultural clonal varieties, as well as the effects that its spread has on forest floor arthropod community.

Previous research has focused on air pollution and its effects on the light responses in plants, botanical ecophysiology, ecosystems level ecology, population genetics, experimental design, sustainable landscape design, environmental sociology, and environmental ethics.

Positions and Work Experience

01-09-2023 -To Present Annual Adjunct Assistant Professor, Instruct Ecology and Introductory Biology labs., University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

08-15-2016 -12-15-2022 Teaching Assistant, Instructed lab sections and evaluated student performance in Botany, Ecology, Environmental Field Techniques, & Medical Botany., University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

08-16-2015 -08-18-2016 Research Assistant, Acoustical survey of anuran species at a superfund site for Chevron-Texaco., University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Honors and Awards

2016 -2017 Most Outstanding TA of the Year For exceptional service. Status:Recipient Level:Department Type:Recognition

04-28-2023 -04-08-2023 Excellence in Undergraduate Mentorship Mentoring and leading undergraduate researchers through field and wet lab techniques. University of Cincinnati Status:Recipient Level:College Type:Recognition

Courses Taught

-BIOL-1081L BIOLOGY I LAB Level:Undergraduate

-BIOL-1082L BIOLOGY II LAB Level:Undergraduate

-BIOL-3010C BOTANY Level:Undergraduate

-BIOL-2082C EVOL ECOL GENETICS Level:Undergraduate

-BIOL-3052 MEDICAL BOTANY Level:Undergraduate

-BIOL-4095 UNDERGRAD RESEARCH Level:Undergraduate