Department of Biological Sciences

Dr. Charles Lydeard, Former Chair

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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
  • BIOL 503 Biosystematics and Evolution
  • ZOOL 200 Introduction to Animal Biology

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.


  • Hauk, A., S. A. Clark, K. W. McCravy, S. E. Jenkins, and C. Lydeard. 2015. A survey of terrestrial gastropods of the Alice L. Kibbe Life Science Station in West-Central Illinois. Northeastern Naturalist 22:299-306.
  • 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