Brad Chadwell, PhD
Dr. Brad Chadwell earned his Ph.D. in Biology at Wake Forest University, a M.S. in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a B.S. in Zoology with Weber State University. After completing his Ph.D., Dr. Chadwell was a faculty member in the Biology Department at Guilford College teaching undergraduate Biology courses before beginning a postdoctoral research position at Northeast Ohio Medical University. During this time, he had the opportunity to teach Human Anatomy to first-year medical students. For the past two and a half years, he has taught Human Anatomy at Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, as well as providing instruction in Histology, Embryology and Neuroanatomy within a clinically-based curriculum.
With family roots in Idaho and neighboring states, Dr. Chadwell is excited to return to the West. He has an active research program studying functional morphology, in particular, investigating anatomical differences among animals that relate to performance in locomotion. Differences in performances are compared to changes in the individual’s survival and reproduction. Investigating the relationship between form, function, and fitness provides better understanding of the mechanisms that drive animal diversity and evolution.
Throughout his academic career, he has worked on research projects using a broad taxonomic sample: spiders, moths, fish, amphibians, birds and mammals (including, but not limited to, non-human primates, bats, opossums, and sloths). Plans for future research include continuing his research into the relationship between morphology and escape performance in aquatic vertebrates, in addition to on-going collaborations with several researchers from a variety of universities, including Boise State University.