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B.S. in Biology, Calvin College, 2005
Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan, 2011
Olivet Nazarene University (Bourbonnais, IL), Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
Museum assistant, University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology, under the supervision of Dr. Philip Gingerich.
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 (November 2, 2009-December 8, 2009).
Graduate student research under the advising of Dr. Philip Gingerich on the evolution of Eocene archaeocete cetaceans.
Independent research with Dr. Ralph Stearley documenting and investigating potential causes of vertebral asymmetry in the Ada Bible Church mastodon.
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), 8-month-old son Kyler, and beagle mix Duncan. He is a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan, and also enjoys baseball, basketball, running, reading, watching movies, photography, and playing German-style board games.
See a partial list of Prof.Bebej's publications