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D. Christopher Rogers

Invertebrate Zoologist
Assistant Research Professor, Kansas Biological Survey
Primary office:
2 Higuchi Hall


Academic degree
Ph.D. (cum laude), Crustacean evolution, systemics, and biogeography, University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, Australia. Dissertation: A conceptual model of anostracan biogeography.

Christopher was home schooled and took the High School Equivalency exam at age 14, starting college at 16. He eventually dropped out of college to pursue his research.

Current editorships and board memberships
Editorial board member, Southwest Association of Freshwater Invertebrate Taxonomists
Associate Editor, Journal of Crustacean Biology
North American Governor, The Crustacean Society

Areas of specialization

  • Systematics of the Branchiopoda
  • Biogeography of the Branchiopoda
  • Biodiversity of the freshwater and terrestrial decapods of the Marianas Islands
  • Standardization methods for bioassessment taxonomy
  • Bioassessment methods for temporary aquatic habitats
  • Mosquito monitoring for the State of Kansas

Research interests

  • Diversity, systematics, and biogeography of the Anostraca, Notostraca, Spinicaudata, Cyclestherida and Laevicaudata
  • Freshwater and terrestrial decapod fauna of Guam
  • Macroinvertebrate succession in playas and vernal pools
  • Wood boring beetle fauna of the Fitch Natural History Reservation

Current projects

  • Comparison of playa sampling techniques (egg banks sampling and culture vs. wet sampling). D.C. Rogers, J.H. Thorp. EPA Region 7. $150,000.
  • Laboratory culture of anostracans for toxicity testing. D.C. Rogers. U.S. Geological Survey. $17,500.
  • Development of macroinvertebrate monitoring protocols for seasonal wetlands. D.C. Rogers. Teichert Foundation.$170,000.
  • West Nile Virus vector monitoring. D.C. Rogers. Centers for Disease Control. $79,000
  • Distributional surveys for Federally endangered fairy shrimp and tadpole shrimp. D.C. Rogers. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. $20,000.

Please refer to this list of Christopher's publications.



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