Bemis, Willy

Professor; Faculty Curator of Ichthyology, Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates


I am a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University. I received my B.A. in Biology from Cornell University (1976), M.S. in Zoology from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor (1978), Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of California Berkeley (1983) and spent two years as an instructor and postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Organismal Biology at the University of Chicago. I served 20 years as Professor of Biology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where I taught comparative anatomy, embryology, ichthyology and trained doctoral students in vertebrate biology. I have traveled extensively for research and worked with specimens in more than 50 natural history collections on six continents. From 2005 to 2013, I served as Kingsbury Director of Shoals Marine Laboratory at Cornell. In 2013, I returned to the faculty of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, where I conducts research in comparative anatomy, train undergraduate and graduate research students, and teach courses in vertebrate biology, anatomy and evolution, including a course on the biology of sharks, specifically: BIOEE 2470 - The Vertebrates: Structure, Function, and Evolution, and BIOEE 1780 - Evolutionary Biology and Diversity. I recently lead development of an edX Massive Open Online Course on the biology of sharks.

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