Name: Dave McShaffrey
Department: Biology and Environmental Science
Education: Ph.D. in Entomology, Purdue University, 1988; Master of Science in Biology, University of Akron, 1983; Bachelor of Science in Aquatic Biology, 1981.
Research Interests: Distribution of Odonata, feeding behavior of aquatic macroinvertebrates, UV fluorescence in arthropods, water pollution biology.
McShaffrey D, Hennen D, Spring M, Lustofin K, Remeneric, D. 2014. A preliminary ATBI (All-Taxa Biotic Inventory) for the Barbara A. Beiser Field Station,Washington County, Ohio. Poster Presentation. Ohio Natural History Conference. February 15th, 2014. Columbus, Ohio.
McShaffrey D, Glotzhober RC. 2007. Common Dragonflies and Damselflies of Ohio Field Guide. Ohio Division of Wildlife Publication 320 (806). 70pp.
Glotzhober RC, McShaffrey D (Editors). 2002. The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Ohio. Ohio Biological Survey Bulletin New Series Volume 14 Number 2. ix + 364 p.
Courses (Fall 2014): Modern Biology, Introductory Biology Lab I, Zoology.
Courses (Spring 2015): Environmental Biology, Introductory Biology Lab I, Scientific Imaging, Senior Capstone
Phone: (740) 376-4743
What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?
Lots of pictures. I’m a visual learner so I like to use images to illustrate the main points. Fortunately my research and our study trips to Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize and the western U.S. offer me a lot of opportunities to take pictures to use in classes.
What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?
The opportunity to get to know students and help them move on to the next stage in their lives. I really like it when I am able to point out to a student a skill that he or she didn’t realize they had — often that opens up some new doors. It’s also great to steer a student toward a good internship or job by matching their interests and abilities with an opening I’ve heard about.
When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?
Photography, woodworking, hiking, reading.
Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?
I prefer a paper book, but e-books have so many advantages. My house would be full of books if it wasn’t for my Kindle.
What is your favorite location on campus and why?
It’s off-campus — the Barbara A. Beiser Field Station. As we develop it, it is going to be a fantastic resource for our students. A number of good projects have already happened there.
What is your favorite Marietta College event?
Our departmental fall and spring picnics when we get all the students and faculty together.