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Ryan M. Bebej, Ph.D.

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Ryan M. Bebej, Ph.D.

      Assistant Professor of Biology
      Calvin College

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Contact information

      Calvin College
      Department of Biology
      1726 Knollcrest Circle SE
      Grand Rapids, MI 49546-4403
      (616) 526-7564
      bebej@calvin.edu

Education and Professional Positions

      2012-present
  • Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI), Assistant Professor of Biology
  •       2011-2012
  • Olivet Nazarene University (Bourbonnais, IL), Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
  •       2005-2011
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI), Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB)
  •       2001-2005
  • Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI), B.S., Biology (with honors)
  • Research Interests

          Evolution of aquatic mammals
          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

    Awards and Fellowships

          2014-2015
  • Calvin College Diekema Fellow
  •       2014-2015
  • Calvin Research Fellowship (one course teaching reduction)
  •       2014-2015
  • Participant in Equipping the Next Generation of Christian Evolutionary Biologists and Paleobiologists: A Seminar for Early Career Scientists (funded by the BioLogos Foundation’s Evolution and Christian Faith grant program; $500 stipend)
  •       2011
  • Ermine Cowles Case Student Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Attainment in Research (awarded by the University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology; $200 honorarium)
  •       2009
  • Peter Olaus Okkelberg Award (awarded by the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology; $600 for research expenses)
  •       2009
  • Rackham Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award (awarded by the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan; $1000 award)
  •       2007-2010
  • Center for Faith and Scholarship Graduate Fellow ($500 annual stipend)
  •       2006-2011
  • Au Sable Institute Graduate Fellow ($200 annually for books)
  •       2005
  • Bernard J. Ten Broek Excellence in Biological Research Award (awarded by the Calvin College Biology Department)
  • Grants and Scholarships

          2014
  • Calvin College Supplemental Travel Fund ($1500 for travel to 2014 Society of Vertebrate Paleontology annual meeting)
  •       2014
  • Calvin College Science Division funding for student researcher ($3700 for Josiah Valk)
  •       2013
  • Calvin College Science Division student travel grant ($110 for Melissa Braun to travel to 2014 Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters annual meeting)
  •       2013
  • Calvin College Science Division funding for student researcher ($3700 for Melissa Braun)
  •       2013
  • Calvin College Alumni Association Faculty Research Grant (Calvin College; $1800 for research expenses)
  •       2009
  • EEB Research Allowance (University of Michigan; $100 for research expenses)
  •       2009
  • EEB Travel Grant (University of Michigan; $100 for travel to 2009 Society of Vertebrate Paleontology annual meeting)
  •       2009
  • Rackham Travel Grant (University of Michigan; $850 for travel to 2009 Society of Vertebrate Paleontology annual meeting)
  •       2008
  • EEB Travel Grant (University of Michigan; $100 for travel to 2008 Society of Vertebrate Paleontology annual meeting)
  •       2008
  • Rackham Travel Grant (University of Michigan; $600 for travel to 2008 Society of Vertebrate Paleontology annual meeting)
  •       2007
  • EEB Research Allowance (University of Michigan; $100 for research expenses)
  •       2007
  • EEB Travel Grant (University of Michigan; $100 for travel to 2007 Society of Vertebrate Paleontology annual meeting)
  •       2007
  • Rackham Travel Grant (University of Michigan; $500 for travel to 2007 Society of Vertebrate Paleontology annual meeting)
  •       2007
  • Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Student Member Travel Grant ($300 for travel to 2007 Society of Vertebrate Paleontology annual meeting)
  •       2006
  • EEB Block Grant (University of Michigan; $650 for research expenses)
  •       2006
  • American Scientific Affiliation Student Scholarship ($100 for registration for 2006 American Scientific Affiliation annual meeting)
  •       2006
  • EEB Research Allowance (University of Michigan; $100 for research expenses)
  •       2003-2005
  • John and Lillian Van Oosten Science Scholarship (2-time recipient; awarded by Calvin College Biology Department)
  •       2001-2005
  • Calvin College Presidential Scholarship (4-time recipient)
  •       2001-2005
  • Ronald Lee Sterner Scholarship (4-time recipient; awarded by Covenant Children's Home)
  •       2001-2005
  • Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship (4-year scholarship; awarded by the Elks National Foundation)
  •       2001-2005
  • Princeton Memorial Scholarship (4-time recipient; awarded by Princeton High School, Princeton, IL)
  • Teaching Experience

          2012-present
  • Calvin College (assistant professor)
  •       Biology 123: Living Systems: Concepts and Connections, lectures and labs (2 semesters)
  •       Biology 205: Human Anatomy, lectures and labs (3 semesters, 1 summer)
  •       Biology 206: Human Physiology, lectures and labs (3 semesters)
  •       Biology 224: Cellular and Genetic Systems, labs (1 semester)
  •       Biology 323: Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, lectures and labs (1 semester)
  •       Interdisciplinary W13: Exploring German-Style Games (1 interim)
  •       Interdisciplinary 150: DCM: Eugenics and Personal Genomics, lectures (1 interim)

  •       2011-2012

  • Olivet Nazarene University (assistant professor)
  •       Biology 125: Biology I, lectures and labs (2 semesters)
  •       Biology 211: Medical Terminology, lectures (2 semesters)
  •       Biology 246: Human Anatomy and Physiology I, lectures and labs (2 semesters)
  •       Biology 247: Human Anatomy and Physiology II, lectures and labs (1 semester)
  •       Biology 455: Physiology, labs (1 semester)

  •       2005-2011

  • University of Michigan (graduate student instructor)
  •       Biology 162: Introductory Biology, discussion sections and labs (with Dr. Marcus Ammerlaan: 3 semesters)
  •       Biology 173: Introductory Biology Laboratory, labs (with Dr. Marcus Ammerlaan: 3 semesters)
  •       Biology 252: Chordate Anatomy and Phylogeny, labs (with Dr. William Fink and Dr. Ronald Nussbaum: 2 semesters)
  •       Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 451: Biology of Mammals, labs (with Dr. Philip Myers: 1 semester)

  •       2003-2005

  • Calvin College (undergraduate teaching assistant)
  •       Biology 205: Human Anatomy, labs (with Dr. Adriana Ribeiro and Dr. Peter Tigchelaar: 2 semesters)
  •       Biology 323: Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, labs (with Dr. Peter Tigchelaar: 2 semesters)
  • Other Work and Research Experience

          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 (November 2, 2009-December 8, 2009)
  •       2005-2011
  • Graduate student research under the advising of Dr. Philip Gingerich on the evolution of Eocene archaeocete cetaceans
  •       2004-2005
  • Independent research with Dr. Ralph Stearley documenting and investigating potential causes of vertebral asymmetry in the Ada Bible Church mastodon
  •       2004
  • Research assistant for Dr. David Warners and Dr. Randall Van Dragt in conducting a botanical inventory of Vergennes Township (Kent County, Michigan)
  • Publications

          In prep.
  • R.M. Bebej, I.S. Zalmout, A.A. Abed El-Aziz, M.S.M. Antar, P.D. Gingerich. First remingtonocetid archaeocete (Mammalia, Cetacea) from the middle Eocene of Egypt with implications for locomotion and biogeography in early cetacean evolution. Journal of Paleontology.
  •       2013
  • R.M. Bebej. Book review: Evolution and Belief: Confessions of a Religious Paleontologist by Robert J. Asher. Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 65: 56-58. PDF
  •       2012
  • R.M. Bebej, M. ul-Haq, I.S. Zalmout, P.D. Gingerich. Morphology and function of the vertebral column in Remingtonocetus domandaensis (Mammalia, Cetacea) from the middle Eocene Domanda Formation of Pakistan. Journal of Mammalian Evolution 19: 77-104. Link
  •       2011
  • R.M. Bebej. Functional morphology of the vertebral column in Remingtonocetus (Mammalia, Cetacea) and the evolution of aquatic locomotion in early archaeocetes. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Michigan, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Link
  •       2011
  • A.R. Wood, R.M. Bebej, C.L. Manz, D.L. Begun, P.D. Gingerich. Postcranial functional morphology of Hyracotherium (Equidae, Perissodactyla) and locomotion in the earliest horses. Journal of Mammalian Evolution 18: 1-32. Link
  •       2009
  • R.M. Bebej. Swimming mode inferred from skeletal proportions in the fossil pinnipeds Enaliarctos and Allodesmus (Mammalia, Carnivora). Journal of Mammalian Evolution 16: 77-97. Link
  •       2005
  • R.G. Van Dragt, D.P. Warners, R.M. Bebej, J. Timmer. Natural areas inventory of Vergennes Township (Kent County, Michigan). Technical Report to the Open Space Citizens Committee, Vergennes Township, Kent County: 1-178.
  • Conference Presentations (*undergraduate co-author)

          2014
  • J.A. Valk*, R.M. Bebej. Interpretation of tail function in fossil cetaceans through multivariate analyses of caudal vertebrae in modern mammals. West Michigan Regional Undergraduate Science Conference, Grand Rapids, MI (poster; November 15, 2014).
  •       2014
  • R.M. Bebej, M.A. Braun*, J.A. Valk*. Anatomy and function of the tail in the protocetid archaeocete Maiacetus inuus (Mammalia, Cetacea): insights into the evolution of tail-powered swimming in early cetaceans. 74th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Berlin, Germany (November 5, 2014). Published abstract: Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Program and Abstracts, 2014: 87. PDF
  •       2014
  • K.T. Leverett*, K.M. Smith, R.M. Bebej. Locomotion and behavior of the ancient whale Georgiacetus. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada (poster; October 21, 2014). Published abstract: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Program 46(6): 546. PDF
  •       2014
  • J.A. Valk*, R.M. Bebej. Interpretation of tail function in fossil cetaceans through multivariate analyses of caudal vertebrae in modern mammals. Calvin College Science Division Research Poster Fair, Grand Rapids, MI (poster; October 17, 2014).
  •       2014
  • M.A. Braun*, R.M. Bebej. Tail anatomy of the protocetid archaeocete Maiacetus inuus (Mammalia, Cetacea): insights into the evolution of aquatic locomotion in early whales. Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters Annual Meetings, Rochester, MI (February 28, 2014).
  •       2014
  • K.M. Smith, A.K. Hastings, R.M. Bebej, M.D. Uhen. Temporal and paleoenvironmental distribution of Basilosaurus (Mammalia: Cetacea) in the southeastern United States: new evidence from the Eocene of southwest Georgia. 10th North American Paleontological Convention, Gainesville, Florida (February 18, 2014). Published abstract: Paleontological Society Special Publication 13: 165-166. PDF
  •       2013
  • M.A. Braun*, R.M. Bebej. A whale of a tale: origins of tail-powered swimming in early cetaceans. Calvin College Science Division Research Poster Fair, Grand Rapids, MI (poster; October 18, 2013).
  •       2013
  • K.M. Smith, A.K. Hastings, R.M. Bebej. Evolution, dispersal, and habitat preference of Basilosaurus (Mammalia: Cetacea) in the southeastern United States: new evidence from the Eocene of southwest Georgia. 62nd Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Section of the Geological Society of America, San Juan, Puerto Rico (March 21, 2013). Published abstract: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Program 45(2): 26, 55. PDF
  •       2012
  • R.M. Bebej, I.S. Zalmout, A.A. Abed El-Aziz, M.S.M. Antar, P.D. Gingerich. First evidence of Remingtonocetidae (Mammalia, Cetacea) outside Indo-Pakistan: new genus from the early middle Eocene of Egypt. 72nd Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Raleigh, NC (October 17, 2012). Published abstract: Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, SVP Program and Abstracts, 2012: 62. PDF
  •       2009
  • R.M. Bebej. Possible sexual dimorphism in Remingtonocetidae (Mammalia, Cetacea, Archaeoceti) from the Domanda Formation of Pakistan. 69th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology and 57th Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, Bristol, UK (poster; September 26, 2009). Published abstract: Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 29(3 supp.): 60A. PDF
  •       2009
  • C.L. Manz, R.M. Bebej, P.D. Gingerich. Multivariate analysis and morphological description of the cervical column of Maiacetus inuus: implications for head and neck movement in a protocetid cetacean from Pakistan. 69th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology and 57th Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, Bristol, UK (poster; September 26, 2009). Published abstract: Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 29(3 supp.): 142A. PDF
  •       2008
  • R.M. Bebej. Lumbar spine of Remingtonocetus (Mammalia, Cetacea, Archaeoceti) and implications for aquatic locomotion. 68th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Cleveland, OH (poster; October 18, 2008). Published abstract: Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 28(3 supp.): 49A. PDF
  •       2008
  • A.R. Wood, R.M. Bebej, C.L. Manz, P.D. Gingerich. New insights into the locomotory capabilities of the early Eocene equid Hyracotherium. 68th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Cleveland, OH (October 18, 2008). Published abstract: Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 28(3 supp.): 162A. PDF
  •       2008
  • R.M. Bebej. Inferring swimming mode from skeletal proportions in early pinnipeds (Mammalia, Carnivora). Early Career Scientists Symposium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (poster; March 15, 2008).
  •       2007
  • R.M. Bebej, M. ul-Haq, I.S. Zalmout, P.D. Gingerich. Functional interpretation of the neck in Eocene Remingtonocetus from Pakistan (Mammalia, Cetacea, Archaeoceti). 67th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Austin, TX (October 20, 2007). Published abstract: Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 27(3 supp.): 45A. PDF
  •       2005
  • R.M. Bebej, R.F. Stearley. Deformation in the spine of the Ada Bible Church mastodon. Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters Annual Meetings, Ypsilanti, MI (March 4, 2005). Published abstract: Michigan Academician 36(4): 62. PDF
  • Invited Presentations

          2014
  • Perspectives of a Reformed paleontologist. Presented to an adult education class at Fairway Christian Reformed Church, Jenison, MI. Session 1: My journey (September 14, 2014); Session 2: The intersection of science and faith (September 21, 2014); Session 3: Final thoughts (September 28, 2014). Video links: 1 2 3
  •       2014
  • Evolution of locomotion in the earliest cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises). Presented to the Calvin College Alumni Association board (May 22, 2014).
  •       2013
  • Fossil evidence for the evolution of the earliest whales. Presented in the Calvin College Geology, Geography, and Environmental Studies Department seminar (April 26, 2013).
  •       2012
  • An evolutionary case study: The origin of whales. Guest lecture presented to the General Biology class at Olivet Nazarene University (February 27, 2012).
  •       2012
  • Vertebral function and the evolution of aquatic locomotion in the earliest whales. Presented in the Calvin College Biology Department seminar (February 17, 2012).
  •       2011
  • An evolutionary case study: The origin of whales. Guest lecture presented to the General Biology class at Olivet Nazarene University (October 19, 2011).
  •       2011
  • Functional Morphology of the Vertebral Column in Remingtonocetus (Mammalia, Cetacea) and the Evolution of Aquatic Locomotion in Early Archaeocetes. Ph.D. defense (April 21, 2011).
  •       2010
  • An evolutionary case study: The origin of whales. Guest lecture presented to the Biology I class at Olivet Nazarene University (December 8, 2010).
  •       2010
  • The origin of whales: The most peculiar and aberrant of mammals. Guest lecture presented to the Introduction to Animal Diversity class at the University of Michigan (November 10, 2010).
  •       2010
  • Getting started: GSIs teaching undergraduates. Presented at the University of Michigan Center for Research on Learning and Teaching Graduate Student Instructor Teaching Orientation (August 30, 2010).
  •       2010
  • Mobility vs. stability: A multivariate analysis of lumbar proportions. Presented in the University of Michigan Paleontology Seminar (February 26, 2010).
  •       2009
  • Getting started: GSIs teaching undergraduates. Presented at the University of Michigan Center for Research on Learning and Teaching Graduate Student Instructor Teaching Orientation (August 31, 2009).
  •       2009
  • Evolution of swimming mode in seals and sea lions. Presented in the Calvin College Biology Department seminar (May 8, 2009).
  •       2009
  • Order Cetacea. Guest lecture presented to the Biology of Mammals class at the University of Michigan (February 19, 2009).
  •       2008
  • The origin and early evolution of cetaceans. Presented to a visiting paleontology class from Calvin College at the University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology (April 19, 2008).
  •       2008
  • Swimming with seals and sea lions: Locomotor evolution in pinnipeds based on revised interpretations of fossil taxa. Presented in the University of Michigan Paleontology Seminar (April 4, 2008).
  •       2008
  • The fossil record of early whales and their adaptation to life in water. Presented in a meeting of ScATs, a science and theology discussion group in Ann Arbor, MI (February 21, 2008).
  •       2008
  • Evidence for evolution: The origin of whales. Presented to an adult education class at Ann Arbor CRC (February 10, 2008).
  •       2008
  • The origin and evolution of cetaceans. Presented to a visiting evolutionary biology class from Calvin College at the University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology (January 18, 2008).
  •       2008
  • Extinctions and endangered species. Guest lecture presented to the environmental ethics class at the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies, Mancelona, MI (January 15, 2008).
  •       2008
  • Speciation and extinction patterns. Guest lecture presented to the environmental ethics class at the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies, Mancelona, MI (January 14, 2008).
  •       2007
  • Taking a dip in the Tethys: The evolution of swimming in Eocene Cetacea. Presented in the University of Michigan Paleontology Seminar (March 23, 2007).
  •       2006
  • Post-cranial remains of the Remingtonocetidae (Mammalia, Cetacea) and their implications for the early evolution of whales. Presented in the University of Michigan EEB Lunch Seminar (November 7, 2006).
  •       2006
  • A review of the middle Eocene Family Remingtonocetidae (Mammalia, Cetacea). Presented in the University of Michigan Paleontology Seminar (April 14, 2006).
  •       2005
  • Spinal asymmetry in the Ada Bible Church mastodon. Presented in the Calvin College Geography, Geology, and Environmental Studies Department seminar.
  •       2004
  • Botanical inventory of Vergennes Township. Presented with J. Timmer in the Calvin College Biology Department seminar.
  • Web Articles

          2009
  • R.M. Bebej. My journey from opposing evolution to studying it. An Evangelical Dialogue on Evolution. Link
  •       2006
  • R.M. Bebej. Inia geoffrensis. University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, Animal Diversity Web. Link
  • Professional Affiliations

          2008-2012
  • Society for Study of Mammalian Evolution
  •       2006-present
  • Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
  •       2006-present
  • American Scientific Affiliation
  • Service and Community Outreach Activities

          2013-present
  • Fairway Christian Reformed Church
  •       Nursery volunteer (2014-present)
  •       Sound team (2014-present)

  •       2012-present

  • Calvin College
  •       Biology Department Curriculum Committee (2012-2013)
  •       Biology Department Faculty-Undergraduate Networking Committee (2012-2014)
  •       Biology Department Prospective Student and Alumni Concerns Committee (2013-2014)
  •       Christian Perspectives in Science Seminar Committee (2013-2014)
  •       Fridays at Calvin lunch host (2013-2014: 5 occasions)
  •       Manuscript reviewer for Alabama Museum of Natural History Bulletin, Journal of Mammalian Evolution, Journal of Zoology, and Marine Mammal Science (2012-present)
  •       Moderator for student perspective panel for Health Science Friday (2014).
  •       Panelist for Biology Department graduate school preparation panel (2013)
  •       Panelist for discussion at New Faculty Orientation (2013)
  •       Panelist for Honors Program graduate school discussion (2014)
  •       Passport advisor for incoming freshmen (2013-2014: 2 occasions)
  •       Rhetoric across the Curriculum Committee (2013-2017)
  •       Science Division Neuroscience Ad Hoc Committee (2013-2015)
  •       StreetFest mentor (2014)
  •       We-Haul volunteer (2013-2014: 2 occasions)

  •       2011-2012

  • Olivet Nazarene Univeresity
  •       Judge for the life science photo competition (2011)

  •       2005-2011

  • University of Michigan
  •       ‘Big sib’ to first year EEB graduate students (2008-2011)
  •       EEB curriculum committee (2008-2010)
  •       EEB evolutionary biology planning committee (2010)
  •       Evaluator of Calvin College biology professors up for tenure or promotion (2005-2007)
  •       Host for visiting undergraduate student that was seeking experience in fossil preparation techniques at the Museum of Paleontology (2008)
  •       Judge for Scarlett Middle School (Ann Arbor, MI) science fair (2007)
  •       Leader for discussion on evolution for adult education class at Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church (2008)
  •       Leader for discussion on evolution for science/theology discussion group (2008)
  •       Organizer of graduate student lunch with annual Case Lecture speaker (2008)
  •       Practice teaching facilitator at the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching Graduate Student Instructor Teaching Orientation (2009-2011: 3 semesters)
  •       Rackham Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award selection committee (2010)
  •       Ruthven Museum tour guide for a visiting undergraduate evolutionary biology/paleontology classes (2006-2008: 3 occasions)
  •       Senior graduate student instructor observer that evaluated and provided feedback to first-time instructors (2007-2009: 6 semesters)
  •       Table host for Science Café discussion on religion and science (2009)
  •       Tour guide for behind-the-scenes tours of the Museum of Paleontology (2009)
  • Skills and Proficiencies

         
  • Experience constructing, modifying, and animating 3D models of mammalian skeletal elements using Creaform Handyscan and NextEngine Desktop 3D scanners, Geomagic Studio, 3D Studio Max, Visual-Safe MAD, and Amira (CT-scan data)
  •      
  • Experience with mechanical preparation, molding, and casting of mammalian fossil remains in the University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology Fossil Preparation Laboratory (Ann Arbor, MI)
  •      
  • Extensive research utilizing modern and fossil mammalian skeletal remains in the collections of the American Museum of Natural History (New York, NY), National Museum of Natural History (Washington, DC), Northeast Ohio Medical University (Rootstown, OH), and University of Michigan Museums of Zoology and Paleontology (Ann Arbor, MI)
  •      
  • Proficient with many software packages, including Microsoft Office, Endnote, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and SPSS statistical software

  • Ryan M Bebej, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Biology
    Calvin College
    bebej@calvin.edu
    Last updated December 12, 2014