Posted: Nov 15 2010

Bieler, Dr. Rüdiger

Co-author of the recent book Seashells of Southern Florida – Bivalves (Mikkelsen, P.M., and R.Bieler. 2008. Princeton University Press. Princeton, N.J.).

Dr. Rüdiger Bieler is an evolutionary biologist, specializing in Malacology (the science of mollusks), particularly the study of the comparative morphology, biodiversity, and interrelationships of marine gastropods (snails) and bivalves (clams and relatives). For his research, he is using a wide range of laboratory techniques, from 3-D reconstructions of histological sections to electron microscopy and DNA sequencing. A very active field researcher, he has made collections and observations by scuba diving and offshore dredging in many regions of the world. Dr. Bieler received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Hamburg, Germany. After postdoctoral appointments with the Smithsonian Institution, he held curatorial and administrative positions at the Delaware Museum of Natural History and joined the Field Museum staff in 1990. He is on the faculty of the Committee on Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago, was elected president for both the International Society of Malacology (Unitas Malacologica) and the American Malacological Society, and serves on numerous professional editorial boards.