Dr. David Bass

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Dr. David Bass is a Professor of Biology & Curator of Invertebrates at the University of Central Oklahoma
where he has taught many different courses in the fields of ecology and invertebrate zoology.  He received
a Ph.D. (Zoology) from Texas A&M University and M.S. (Biology) and B.S. (Science Education) degrees
from Lamar University.  Dr. Bass has also taught courses for the University of Oklahoma,
the University of Colorado, the University of the West Indies, and the Bellaire Marine Research Lab.
  He received the Neely Award for Excellence in Teaching, UCO’s most prestigious faculty award, in 2011. 
In addition, Dr. Bass served as a Fulbright Professor and Visiting Research Fellow at the
University of the West Indies (Barbados) during the 1995-96 academic year. He also holds appointments
officially designating him as a Visiting Scientist in several Caribbean island nations.  His ongoing
research efforts focus on the ecology, biogeography, and diversity of invertebrates 1) in North America
and 2) on small islands in the Caribbean region.  These have resulted in numerous publications
in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific meetings.  In recognition of this body
of work, Dr. Bass was honored by UCO as a Haumptman Research Fellow in 2004.  In addition, he has active
roles in many university committees and events, including coaching the UCO Sailing Team.  Dr. Bass
is a member of several professional societies including the American Association for the Advancement
of Science and the Oklahoma Academy of Science, and was named an AAAS Fellow in 2009 for his
dedication to science education, original research, and professional service.  He is a past president of
the Oklahoma Academy of Science and currently serves as its Executive Director and Oklahoma Delegate
to AAAS.  Dr. Bass has been involved with meeting activities of the National Association of the
Academies of Science and American Junior Academy of Science for many years, including a term as
NAAS President during 2008, and continues serving on its board of directors and committees. 
He enjoys sailing, hiking, and scuba diving with his wife, Donna.


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