Maria E. Abate, Ph.D.
Abate is an Assistant Professor of Natural Science at Boston University’s
where she teaches introductory courses on the evolution of life and ecology and
where she mentors interdisciplinary studies and independent research. As Affiliated Faculty of the Boston University Marine Program and the Biology Department, she conducts research
on cichlid fishes with a group of undergraduates in the Team Cichlid Research
Program. Dr. Abate’s research concerns the biology, ecology and
evolution of fish reproduction and offspring development.
received her B.A. in Zoology from the University of California, Davis where she
began conducting research as an undergraduate intern on studies concerning
several terrestrial organisms including raptors, monkeys and black
bears. A native Rhode Islander, her love
of the ocean brought her back east to obtain a Ph.D. in Biology from Northeastern University where she began her studies
on fish reproduction and marine ecology. She has also taught
ichthyology, marine biology, and a number of different ecology courses at other
marine institutions and liberal arts colleges.
At Boston University Professor
Abate has served on the Faculty Council,
Academic Programs and Curriculum Committee, and the Northeast Alliance for
Graduate Education and the Professoriate.
In the summer of 2008 she hosted the Ecology
and Evolutionary Ethology of Fishes Conference at Boston University. Scientists from 17 countries from around the
world presented the latest research on fish behavior, ecology, evolution and
conservation at this five-day EEEF conference.
Dr. Abate is the Guest Editor of the EEEF Proceedings which will be
published in a special issue of Current
Teaching and Curriculum Development
Research Interests and
Undergraduate Research Program: People
Undergraduate Research Program: Research
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