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Ryan Bebej

Ryan Bebej616-526-7564
Office: DeVries Hall 211
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B.S. in Biology, Calvin College, 2005
Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan, 2011

Professional Experience

  • 2012-present, Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI, Assistant Professor of Biology
  • 2011-2012, Olivet Nazarene University (Bourbonnais, IL), Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
  • 2009-2011, Museum assistant, University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology, under the supervision of Dr. Philip Gingerich.
  • 2009, Field assistant on University of Michigan-Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency expedition in Wadi Al-Hitan, Egypt, under the supervision of Dr. Philip Gingerich and Dr. Iyad Zalmout.
  • 2005-2011, Graduate student research under the advising of Dr. Philip Gingerich on the evolution of Eocene archaeocete cetaceans.
  • Research and Professional Interests

    Evolution of cetaceans
    Aquatic locomotion and evolution of swimming mode
    Evolutionary transitions between aquatic and terrestrial environments
    Evolution and paleontology of mammals
    Comparative anatomy and functional morphology
    Relationship between science and Christian faith

    Life Outside of Calvin

    When he isn’t working, Ryan loves spending time with his wife Melissa (another Calvin biology alum), sons Kyler and Devin, and beagle mix Duncan. He is a huge St. Louis Cardinals and University of Michigan fan, and also enjoys baseball, basketball, running, reading, watching movies, photography, and playing German-style board games.

    See a partial list of Dr. Bebej's publications.