Rebecca Chamberlain (lecturer) was appointed full-time lecturer in the Department of Biology in February of 2007. She has been an adjunct lecturer and substitute faculty member at CSI since 1998.  Ms. Chamberlain has taught and tutored at the elementary, middle, high school, and community college levels in public and private schools in New York and New Jersey.  She has also been collections manager at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and collection assessor at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. She has published in the area of the biology and paleobiology of freshwater bivalves, Nautilus and other cephalopods; sharks; and bony fish.


BS.  University of Rochester

MS.  City University of New York

Scholarship / Publications

1985 (with J.A.Chamberlain).  Septal fracture in Nautilus: implications for cephalopod paleobathymetry.  Lethaia, 18:261-270
1986 (with J.A. Chamberlain). Is cephalopod septal strength index an index of cephalopod septal strength? Alcheringa, 10:85-97
1988 (with J.A. Chamberlain & M. Jordan). Response of Nautilus to variation in ambient pressure,  Jour. Exp. Biol., 137:175-189
2004 (with J.A.Chamberlain & G.M. Friedman).  Devonian archanodont unionoids from the Catskill Mountains of New York: implications for the paleoecology and biogeography of the first freshwater bivalves. NE. Geol. & Envir. Sci., 26:211-229
2005  (with J.A. Chamberlain).  Archanodon catskillensis: The life and times of a bivalve pioneer. PaleoBios, 25: suppl. 2:29
2007  (with J.A. Chamberlain). The Devonian bivalve Archanodon catskillensis: a status report. In Contrib. to the Paleont. of NJ. (II), E. Rainforth, ed., Geol. Assoc. NJ. Proc. XXIV Ann. Meet. :24-40
2007 (With M.A. Becker & J.A. Chamberlain). The paradox of large carcharhinoid-type shark vertebrae in the Upper Cretaceous of NJ. the Paleont. of NJ (II), E. Rainforth, ed., Geol. Assoc N.J., Proc. XXIV Ann .Meet. 69-84
2008  (with M.A. Becker & J.A. Chamberlain). Probable cervical vertebra of the extinct Ice Age elkmoose, Cervalces scotti, dredged from the inner continental shelf of central New Jersey. The Mosasaur, in press 2008  (with M.A. Becker, J.A. Chamberlain, W.J. L’Amoreaux, J.G. Lundberg, & T.M. Holden). Acanthomorph fish fossils from the late Cretaceous-Early Tertiary of NJ.  Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Phila., in press