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Dr. Charles Lydeard, Chair

ChuckContact Information:

(309) 298-2408

Fax: (309) 298-2270
Waggoner Hall 316


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Ph.D. - Auburn University 1992

M.S. Memphis State University, 1986

B.S. Fitchburg State College, 1984

Courses Taught:

  • BIOL 419 Organic Evolution

chuck Research Interests:

My research interests have focused on the systematics and conservation of freshwater mollusks. I have been particularly interested in delimiting species boundaries of imperiled species using molecular techniques.  I am now beginning to explore the biological diversity of freshwater mollusks of the upper Mississippi River basin and terrestrial gastropods of Illinois.

Recent Publications:

Campbell, D.C., and Charles Lydeard. 2012. Molecular systematics of Fusconaia (Bivalvia: Unionidae: Ambleminae). American Malacological Bulletin 30:1-17.

Campbell, D.C., and Charles Lydeard. 2012. The genera of Pleurobemini (Bivalvia: Unionidae: Ambleminae). American Malacological Bulletin 30:19-38.

Dillon, Jr., R.T., A.R. Wethington, and Charles Lydeard. 2011. The evolution of reproductive isolation in a simultaneous hermaphrodite, the freshwater snail Physa. BMC Evolutionary Biology 11:144.
Strong, E.E., D.J. Colgan, J.M. Healy, Charles Lydeard, W.F. Ponder, and M. Glaubrecht. 2011. Phylogeny of the gastropod superfamily Cerithioidea using morphology and molecules. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 162:43-89.

Holznagel, W.E., D.J. Colgan, and Charles Lydeard. 2010. Pulmonate phylogeny based on 28S rRNA gene sequences: a framework for discussing habitat transitions and character transformations. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 57:1017-1025.

Brown, K.M., and Charles Lydeard. 2009. Mollusca: Gastropoda. In: Ecology and Classification of North American Freshwater Invertebrates (Thorp & Covich, eds). Elsevier Inc.

Campbell, D.C., P.D. Johnson, J.D. Williams, A.K. Rindsberg, K.K. Small, J.M. Serb, and Charles Lydeard. 2008. Identification of “extinct” freshwater mussel species using DNA barcoding. Molecular Ecology Resources 8:711-724.

Wethington, A.R., and Charles Lydeard. 2007. A molecular phylogeny of Physidae (Gastropoda: Basommatophora) based on mitochondrial DNA sequences. Journal of Molluscan Studies 73:241-257.

Rubinoff, I., E. Bermingham, Charles Lydeard, and S.J. Davies. 2007. Smithsonian Global Earth Observatories Pages 82-84 (+274) In: The Full Picture, Group on Earth Observations by Tudor Rose, Geneva, Switzerland.

Waggoner, J., S.A. Clark, K.E. Perez, and Charles Lydeard. 2006. A survey of terrestrial gastropods of the Sipsey Wilderness (Bankhead National Forest), Alabama. Southeastern Naturalist 5(1):57-68.

Campbell, D.C., J.M. Serb, J.E. Buhay, K.J. Roe, R.L. Minton, and Charles Lydeard. 2005. Phylogeny of North American Amblemines: prodigious polyphyly proves pervasive. Invertebrate Biology 124(2):131-164.

Perez, K.E., W.F. Ponder, D.J. Colgan, S.A. Clark, and Charles Lydeard. 2005. Molecular phylogeny and biogeography of spring-associated hydrobiid snails of the Great Artesian Basin, Australia. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 34:545-556.

Lydeard, Charles, R.H. Cowie, W.F. Ponder, A.E. Bogan, P. Bouchet, S.A. Clark, K.S. Cummings, T.J. Frest, O. Gargominy, D.G. Herbert, R. Hershler, K. Perez, B. Roth, M. Seddon, E.E. Strong, and F.G. Thompson. 2004. The global decline of non-marine mollusks. BioScience 54:321-330.

Huff, S.W., D. Campbell, D.L. Gustafson, Charles Lydeard, C.R. Altaba, and G. Giribet. 2004. Investigations into the phylogenetic relationships of the threatened freshwater pearl-mussels (Bivalvia, Unionoidea, Margaritiferidae) based on molecular data: implications for their taxonomy and biogeography. Journal of Molluscan Studies 70:379-388.

Serb, J.M., and Charles Lydeard. 2003. Complete mtDNA sequence of the North American freshwater mussel, Lampsilis ornata (Unionidae): an examination of the evolution and phylogenetic utility of mitochondrial genome organization in Bivalvia (Mollusca). Molecular Biology and Evolution 20:1854-1866.

Lydeard, Charles, and D.R. Lindberg. 2003. Challenges and research opportunities in molluscan molecular phylogenetics. Pages 1-13 In: Molecular Systematics and Phylogeography of Mollusks, Lydeard, C. and D. R. Lindberg (eds.), Smithsonian Books, Washington, DC.

Serb, J.M., J.E. Buhay, and Charles Lydeard. 2003. Molecular systematics of the North American freshwater bivalve genus Quadrula (Unionidae: Ambleminae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 28:1-11.

Minton, R.L., J. Garner, and Charles Lydeard. 2003. Rediscovery, systematic position, and redescription of “Leptoxis” melanoides (Conrad, 1834)(Gastropoda: Pleuroceridae) of the Black Warrior River, Alabama, U.S.A. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 116:531-541.

Minton, R.L., and Charles Lydeard. 2003. Phylogeny, taxonomy, genetics and global heritage ranks of an imperiled, freshwater snail genus Lithasia (Pleuroceridae). Molecular Ecology 12:75-8