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Carrie DeJaco , PhD

  • Associate Professor , Biology Department
  • College of Arts and Sciences

Carrie DeJaco earned a bachelor of arts degree in biology with a Spanish minor at the University of Louisville. She continued at U of L to earn a master of science degree in biology, focusing on aquatic ecology. Her master's thesis was on the algal communities, both aquatic and terrestrial, in Puerto Rico. She then went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to study terrestrial ecological interactions between herbivorous mammals and plants in old-field grasslands. She has presented her work at several conferences, ranging from the North American Diatom Symposium to meetings of the American Society of Mammalogists. 

She is fascinated by the natural world, the organisms around us and how they interact with each other. She is always excited to introduce students to components and interactions they may not have previously noticed. She teaches Principles of Biology, Botany, Ecology, Urban Ecology, Marine Biology, and the Sophomore Seminar on scientific writing.  

Outside of Biology, she has taught courses on Micronesia, Spain, Peru and South Africa for Queens faculty-led international experience trips. 

In the community, she is involved in the efforts to educate the public about the evils of invasive plants (many of which are commonly used in landscaping) and the benefits of using native plants in landscaping. She is involved with the local Invasive Species Task Force and the local chapter of the N.C. Native Plant Society.  Another interest of hers is trying to decrease the numbers of feral and stray cats; she is active in trap-neuter-release programs in Charlotte.


  • Ph. D.  - Biology (Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology); University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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