David Boerma

David Boerma

Assistant Professor
Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
Biology NYC
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Faculty Bio

Dr. David Boerma is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at the Pace University and a Research Associate in the Department of Mammalogy at the American Museum of Natural History.

Awards and Honors

  • National Science Foundation, 2019, NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology


PhD, Brown University, Providence, RI, 2019

MS, Brown University, Providence, RI, 2017
Ecology and Evolutionary Biolgy

BS, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, 2013
Biological Sciences

Research and Creative Works

Research Interest

I study animal evolution through the lens of form and function.

The overall goal of my research program is to resolve traits that drive species diversification by studying the evolutionary links among animal anatomy, biomechanics, and ecology. My lab takes an integrative approach, leveraging museum collections, field-based experiments, and phylogenetic comparative methods to investigate the evolution of morphology and biomechanics involved in locomotion, especially flight in bats.

My recent research has focused on learning how bats recover from aerial stumbles and how their landing maneuvers have evolved in concert with the physical properties of their roosts.

Courses Taught

Past Courses

BIO 102: General Biology II
BIO 251: Principles of Human Anatomy
BIO 395: Independent Study in Biology