POTSDAM -- James A. Schulte has been granted tenure and promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of biology in the School of Arts & Sciences.
Schulte has been a faculty member in the Department of Biology at Clarkson since 2005. He received his bachelor of science degree in biology (zoology) from Southeast Missouri State University and his Ph.D. in evolutionary and population biology from Washington University in St. Louis. After his Ph.D., he was a National Science Foundation (NSF) postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History in the Division of Amphibians and Reptiles and is presently a research collaborator with the museum.
His research projects include molecular systematics of amphibians and reptiles, comparative analysis of adaptive radiations, the relationship between ecomorphological evolution and diversification, and use of next generation sequencing and genomic data to understand the origin, evolution, and genetic basis of live birth in reptiles, as well as other vertebrates.
The overall goal of his work is the elucidation of patterns and processes by which complex traits of organisms have evolved at multiple hierarchical levels.
Schulte has numerous peer-reviewed articles and has presented at several national and international conferences. He has many active collaborations throughout the world with researchers in South America, Australia, Eurasia, and the US.
The National Science Foundation and the Australian Biological Resources Study have supported his research. He currently is the principal investigator on Clarkson's undergraduate training grant on interdisciplinary research in biology and mathematics.
Schulte's pedagogical activities are primarily STEM-based (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), developing courses in evolution, bioinformatics, zoology, introductory biology, and co-teaching biostatistics.
He also has developed STEM workshops for middle- and high-school teachers as part of the New York State STEM Partnership Grant awarded to Clarkson University. He has been associate editor for the journal Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution since 2005 and has received the Society of Systematic Biologists' Publisher's Award.