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David C. Culver

Professor Emeritus, Department of Environmental Science

David Culver studies the biology of caves and other subterranean habitats, including their ecology, evolution, and conservation.  Major research topics include the mapping of subterranean species richness, the evolution of eye loss, and the dynamics of carbon flux.  His field studies take him to a number of field sites, especially the southern Appalachians, the Balkans, and Anacostia.  Almost all of his research is interdisciplinary and collaborative, with both local, national, and international partners. His current research is funded by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Slovenian Academy of Arts and Sciences.