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Erika Crispo

Associate Professor

Dyson College of Arts and Sciences


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    One Pace Plaza W335
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I came to Pace University from Canada in the Fall of 2012. I have always been interested in animals and nature, which led me to pursue graduate studies in 2002. I completed graduate work on guppies in Trinidad and cichlids in Uganda. I then went on to study minnows in Alberta for postdoctoral work. I continue to work on these systems while also delving into the study of organisms and environments in the New York area.


PhD , McGill University , Montreal , 2010
Evolutionary Ecology

MS , McGill University , Montreal , 2004
Evolutionary Ecology

BS , University of Guelph , Guelph , 2002


Crispo, E. (2016). Evaluating Tools to Ameliorate Environmental Challenges: a Green Roofs Case Study.. Loren Byrne (Eds.), Learner-Centered Teaching Activities for Environmental and Sustainability Studies. Springer.

Hamel, C. & Crispo, E. (2016). Morphology of pumpkinseed sunfish (Lepomis gibbosus) is related to water body size. BIOS. Vol 87 (Issue 2) , pages 56-66.

Crispo, E. (2015, November). A new index to use in conjunction with the h-index, to account for an author's relative contribution to publications with high impact. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. Vol 66 (Issue 11) , pages 2381–2383 .


My research is at the interface of molecular ecology and ecological genetics. That is, I use molecular tools to understand ecology, and I study how genomes evolve in response to the environment. More specifically, I am interested in how freshwater fish populations adapt to environmental stressors, including hypoxia and pollution. I am most interested in questions revolving around the role of phenotypic plasticity in adaptation, and how phenotypic plasticity evolves, through examination at both the molecular and phenotypic levels.

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