/uploadedImages/Ship/Biology/Dr_Stewart.jpgRichard Stewart

Associate Professor

Office Location: FSC 233

Phone Number: (717) 477-1095

Email: rlstew@ship.edu            


B.S.ed Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP)

M.S. Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP)

Ph.D. Entomology The Ohio State University


My activity at Shippensburg resides in three main fields, teaching, scholarship, and service. I enjoy teaching most and get to teach a general education environmental biology course, in addition to several majors and an occasional graduate course. I recognize that multiple instructional methods should be used to help the students learn and strive to create meaningful experiential lessons that augment the more teacher centered times in class. Student engagement is a consistent goal for each of my classes.

Conducting research with students is the bulk of my scholarship. I consider myself a teacher scholar since almost all of the research questions I ask are in collaboration with students. Collaboration with other faculty is also highly synergistic and while I have collaborated with several faculty in and outside of the biology department, I routinely collaborate with Dr. Lehman. This greatly enhances our abilities since she approaches each hypothesis from a different angle than me. I think it is exceptional for students when they work with collaborating faculty to observe and participate in such thinking and dialog.

Serving the department, university, system, and my discipline is very important. Towards that end, I have been the president of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists (CPUB) and currently am one of the representatives to this organization for our department, serve (or have served) on a variety of university and department groups to better the educational experience of our students.

Research Interests

Coyote biology in Pennsylvania

Parasites of mammals

Biology of select mammal species

Tick ecology and disease transmission

Aquatic entomology

Environmental Education

Courses Taught

BIO 145 Environmental Biology

BIO 208 Field Biology

BIO 210 Field Zoology

BIO 317 Parasitology

BIO 406 Mammalogy

BIO 491 Selected Topics - Natural History of the Appalachians (co-teach with Tim Maret)

BIO 594 Selected Topics - Advanced Parasitology

BIO 594 Selected Topics - Wildlife Disease

EDU 410 Environmental Education Practicum

EDU 495 Student Teaching and Professional Experience

Selected Presentations

Stewart, R.L., M. Lehman, A. Bumbaugh and Theo Light. 2012. Tick-borne disease surveillance and on-host tick ecology in south-central Pennsylvania. Mid-Atlantic Mosquito Control Association February 21-23. http://www.mamca.org/conference_2012.htm  

Espenshade, J.L. and R. Stewart. 2012. Prevalence of Strongyloides robustus in Tree Squirrels (Sciuridae) in South-Central Pennsylvania. Presented at the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists annual meeting at Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA, April 14th http://academics.sru.edu/cpub/Proceedings/Proceedings%202012.pdf 

Carlucci, B.P., J. Wisgo, C. Kindlin, and R.L. Stewart. 2012. Evaluation of fawn health at Letterkenney Army Depot through Organ Analysis. Presented at the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists annual meeting at Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA, April 14th. http://academics.sru.edu/cpub/Proceedings/Proceedings%202012.pdf  

Stewart, R. 2011. Tick Ecology and Epizootiology at Letterkenny Army Depot. Colloquium Speaker, Biology Department, Millersville University, Millersville, PA. October 26.

Stewart, R.L. and C.A. Royce. 2009. Collaborative teaching of an environmental education practicum. Presented at the Pennsylvania Academy of Science Annual Meeting in Camp Hill, PA. March 29.

Stewart, R. 2008. An Examination of Winter Diet, Parasites, and Diseases of Coyotes in Pennsylvania. Presented at the Northeast Natural History Conference X, in Albany, NY. April 17.

Selected Publications

Baer-Lehman,M.L., T. Light, N.W. Fuller, K.D. Barry-Landis, C.M. Kindlin and R.L. Stewart Jr. 2012. Evidence for competition between Ixodes scapularis and Dermacentor albipictus feeding concurrently on white-tailed deer. Experimental and Applied Acarology. 58(3):301-14. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10493-012-9574-5?null 

Keith W. Steinmann, Melanie J. Cegelski, Pablo R. Delis and Richard L. Stewart Jr. 2011. Dietary patterns of Pennsylvania coyotes during winter. Keystone Journal of Undergraduate Research 1: 13-18.  http://www.lhup.edu/journal/Issue_1/Stewart_Ship.pdf 

Shull, D.R., R.L. Stewart Jr, and G.S. Paulson. 2010. Application of Dyar’s Law to life stages of Sigara mathesoni (Heteroptera: Corixidae). Entomological News 121(5):469-474. http://dx.doi.org/10.3157/021.121.0509   

Delis, Pablo, R, Craig Kindlin, and Richard L. Stewart. 2010.  The Herpetofauna of Letterkenny Army Depot, South-Central Pennsylvania: A Starting Point to the Long-Term Monitoring and Management of Amphibians and Reptiles.  Journal of Kansas Herpetology 34: 11-16.

Stewart, R. L. Jr., C. M. Kindlin, and P. R. Delis. 2008. An inventory of the small mammals of Letterkenny Army Depot, Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science 81: 59-65.

MS Student Research Projects

Kelly Motter. Expected 2012. Evaluating the use of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginiana) as sentinels for dog heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis).

Joseph Wizgo. 2011. Effects of inflated white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginiana) density on fawn development within Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

Dustin R. Shull. 2011. Distribution and ecology of Sigara mathesoni (Hungerford) (Heteroptera: Corixidae) in south-central Pennsylvania.

Craig M. Kindlin. 2011. Evaluation of an Allegheny woodrat (Neotoma magister) population pre- and post- construction in the north block of the Tuscarora state forest, south-central Pennsylvania.

Melanie J. Cegelski. 2008. Prevalence of Toxoplasma gondii and Neospora caninum antibodies in coyotes (Canis latrans) from Pennsylvania.

Kyle W. Bission. 2007. Spatial distribution in relation to distribution of the Atlantic ghost crab, Ocypode quadrata, along Assateague Island, VA

Undergraduate Student Research Projects

Haley Garrison, Emily Young, and Dale Houpt. 2011-12. Prevalence of West Nile virus and Bartonella vinsonii in free ranging coyotes of Pennsylvania.

Michael Hock. 2011-12. Helminth prevalence and abundance in coyotes (Canis latrans) from Pennsylvania.

Holly Plank. 2011-12. Environmental Education: Improving Scientific Literacy Through Inquiry.  

Benjamin O’Brian. 2011. Evaluating a Track Capture Technique for Use in Assessing Small Mammal Abundance and Diversity.

Marissa Nagle and Karen Mahney. 2011. Winter Ecotoparasties of Coyotes (Canis latrans) from Pennsylvania.

Susana Rios. 2011. Prevalence of Baylisascaris Procyonis in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.

Brett Loski. 2010. Flying Squirrel Habitat Evaluation in a Succeeding Pasture.

Funded Projects

Titley Scientific AnaBat Detection System for use in the classroom. CHANGING THE TEACHING AND LEARNING PARADIGM THROUGH THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY Richard Stewart, March 2012 (Awarded $3,250)

Integration of Classroom Response Systems (aka “clickers”) into Science Classrooms: College of Arts & Sciences CHANGING THE TEACHING AND LEARNING PARADIGM THROUGH THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY Grant with: Sean R. Cornell, Claire Jantz, Heather Sahli, Nathan Thomas,Richard Stewart, Jamonn Campbell, Virginia Pitts, Brad Armen, Dr. Allen Creswell, April 2011 (Awarded $11,649)

Additional Telemetry for the Allegheny Woodrat (Neotoma magister) Population Assessment for the Cove Point Expansion Project. 2009. $2000. 

Additional Telemetry for the Allegheny Woodrat (Neotoma magister) Population Assessment for the Cove Point Expansion Project. 2008. $2000. 

Woodrat Population Assessment During Pre- and Post-Habitat Alteration in the Tuscarora State Forest. 2006. $18,000 

Student grants through the Shippensburg Research Advisory Committee


Winter ectoparasites of coyotes (Canis latrans) from Pennsylvania. Marissa Nagle, Karen Mohney, UGR2011/12-98, Awarded: $325

Evaluation of deer health at Letterkenny Army Depot through organ analysis. UGR2011/12-80, Benjamin Carlucci, Awarded: $520

Prevalence of Baylisascaris procyonis in Shippensburg and surrounding areas. UGR2011/12-75, Susana Rios, Awarded: $360

Evaluating a track capture technique for use in assessing small mammal abundance and diversity., UGR2011/12-62, Benjamin O'Brien, Awarded: $550

Presence of Strongyloides robustus in Sciurids in south central Pennsylvania. UGR2011/12-18, Jessica Espenshade, Awarded: $440


Habitat and density for the southern flying squirrel (Glaucomys volans) in an agricultural setting in south-central Pennsylvania.UG 2540-69, Brett Loski, Awarded: $398

Distribution and ecology of Sigara mathesoni (Hungerford 1948) (Heteroptera: Corixidae), D. Shull, Awarded: $876.75

Remote spatial analysis and population dynamics of bobcats (Lynx rufus).2492-10, J. Wisgo and R. Stewart, Awarded: $500