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Delaware State University Collegiate FFA was chartered in 1992. This chapter in based on Delaware State University's campus in Dover.

Mission FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agriculture education. Purpose Collegiate FFA enhances the collegiate experience through service and engagement to create premier leaders, enable personal growth, and ensure career success.​​ Activities Our officer team and members participate in activities such as attending local high school FFA banquets, our semi-annual Adopt-A-Highway clean-up, our annual Jack-O-Lantern contest, the Arbor Day celebration on our campus and the trade show at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Our chapter has continued the tradition of adopting a family every Thanksgiving holiday. During the Delaware State Fair in July, our chapter showcases our display board which represents all of our most recent activities and accomplishments The members participating in DSU FFA's activities are able to do so through funding obtained from our annual citrus sale, our biannual banquet and silent auction, and our annual plant sale. The plants sold in our plant sale are grown on site in our James W. W. Baker Building Greenhouse. (FFA students participating in their semi-annual "Adopt-A-Highway" clean up)

FFA is a student organization of the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences

FFA Staff and Officers

Dr. Richard Barczewski, Advisor
Mr. Alex Meredith
, Co-Advisor

Taylor Pleasanton, sophomore 

Elizabeth Seaman, sophomore 

Rodney Wilson Jr.,  sophomore

Allison Strouse, sophomore 






Dr. Stephen E. Lumor is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Ecology for the Food Science Program.

STEPHEN E. LUMOR, Ph.D. Assistant Professor – Food Science Program Department of Human Ecology Delaware State University 1200 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE19901 (302) 857-6422 Stephen E. Lumor, Ph.D., is an assistant professor (food chemistry) in the Department of Human Ecology, Delaware State University. Dr. Lumor’s research interests include lipid oxidation and shelf-life assessment of polyunsaturated oils; antioxidants from tropical plants; shelf-life modeling; low-cholesterol dairy products; and functional products from lipids. Before joining the faculty at Delaware State, Dr. Lumor was a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, Minnesota. At the University, Dr. Lumor worked on the development of chemical and biochemical methods for rapid detection and inactivation of warfare agents in food. His work at the University yielded four peer-reviewed articles.  A native of Keta, Ghana, Dr. Lumor obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Ghana. In 2003, Dr. Lumor moved to the United States to further his education, pursuing a Master’s and Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. While at the University of Georgia, Dr. Lumor investigated the synthesis of trans-free structured lipids for use as alternatives to partially hydrogenated fat in margarine formulation. This work resulted in seven peer-reviewed publications and eight presentations at international meetings. RESEARCH   Samuel Sojourner, Ashley Murphy and Peta-Gay Jackson operating a gas chromatograph RESEARCH INTERESTS ·      Lipid oxidation and shelf-life assessment of polyunsaturated oils ·      Antioxidants from tropical plants ·      Low-cholesterol dairy products ·      Shelf-life modeling ·      Functional products from lipids Polymers, moisture barrier edible coatings, etc.          ·      Food Defense ·      New Product Development     Graduate students Adelo Salako and Anh Nguyen analyzing HPLC data  



Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences 

Changing the Face of Agriculture by Linking Hands around the World   2014-2015 DSU MANRRS Chapter members (L to R): Gabrielle Delima, national vice president of undergraduates – Region I; Akida Ferguson, president; Lasheeda Brooks; Debbielynn Mayo, secretary; Mrs. Chandra Owens, Advisor; Kierra Johnson, historian; Daisha Capers; and Lamar Chandler, treasurer.   (From left) Saundra Wheeler, MANRRS Region I Graduate Student VP, DSU’s Gabrielle Delima, Region I Undergraduate Student VP, and Dr. B. Michelle Harris, UDC advisor for MANRRS (right), present a gift to guest speaker Dr. Loston Rowe, DuPont Crop Protection. Dr. Rowe spoke during the MANRRS Region I Cluster meeting, held in the MLK Student Center on the DSU campus, November 8 – 9, 2014.   MANRRS members, Region I, listen intently to guest speaker Dr. Loston Rowe.    


To promote academic and professional advancement by empowering minorities in agriculture, natural resources and related sciences.


"We, the members of this society, pledge to support endeavors that will always foster and promote the agricultural sciences and related fields in a positive manner among ethnic minorities. We also pledge to initiate and participate in activities and programs that will ensure that ethnic minorities will also be involved in and associated with the agricultural sciences and related fields. We pledge to work for the inclusion, achievement, and advancement of all people in the agricultural sciences."


  • Semi-annual Adopt-A-Mile highway clean up
  • Community Garden with the USDA Service projects for the underserved in the surrounding community
  • College of Agriculture and Related Sciences outreach activity assistance


Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) began as a shared vision by a group of agriculture students and faculty members at Michigan State University and Pennsylvania State University. Their goal was to develop partnerships between minority students and professionals within academic institutions, government, and agriculturally-related industries. That commitment led to the first national MANRRS conference, held at Michigan State University, in 1986. Since then, MANRRS has become a national organization comprised of thousands of student and professional members.

MANRRS is a non-profit, national society that welcomes membership of people of all racial and ethnic groups who are interested in agricultural careers and those in related sciences. MANRRS members are encouraged to be full participants in other professional societies for their basic disciplinary and career interests. However, MANRRS attempts to provide networks to support professional development of minorities.



MANRRS is a student organization of the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences

MANRRS Advisors and Officers

Mrs. Chandra Owens
USDA 1890 Liaison

Mr. Leroy Hawkins
CARS Academic Advisor
National Vice President of Region I
Miss Gabrielle Delima
Miss Akida Ferguson
Vice President
Miss Debbielynn Mayo
Mr. Vincent Chandler
Miss Kierra Johnson

Meeting Date

Meetings are held first and third Thursdays of each month in the Ag Annex building (#47), Room 212, at 11:15 am.

National MANRRS 



Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Department of Human Ecology Chair  Richard Barczewski, PhD   Professors Emeriti Kenneth W. Bell, PhD Arthur O. Tucker, PhD   Professors Mingxin Guo, PhD Dyremple Marsh, PhD Gulnihal Ozbay, PhD Kevina Vulinec, PhD   Associate Professors  Richard Barczewski, PhD Cyril Broderick, PhD Sathya Elavarthi, PhD Dewayne Fox, PhD Christopher Heckscher, PhD Venugopal Kalavacharla, PhD Brigid McCrea, PhD Dennis McIntosh, PhD   Assistant Professor Rubella Goswami, PhD   Claude E. Phillips Herbarium Curator ​Cynthia Hong-Wa, PhD   Chair Samuel Besong, PhD   Professor Samuel Besong, PhD   Associate Professors  Mopelola Adegoke, PhD Samuel Besong, PhD Jung-lim Lee, PhD Jungmi Oh, PhD   Assistant Professor Stephen Lumor, PhD ​Bettina Taylor, PhD, RD Didactic Program in Dietetics Director VACANT   Research and Outreach Dietician Shilpa Kukarni, MS   Fashion Designer Instructor Jasmine Chandler, MS  

Undergraduate Admission and Academic Policies

Undergraduate Admission and Academic Policies Undergraduate Admission and Academic Policy  Students are expected to fulfill DSU's undergraduate admission requirements as outlined in the admission application booklet. Admission requirements are provided in the DSU Undergraduate Catalog published online and available by visiting the DSU Website  ( However, a minimum GPA of  2.000 and a minimum composite ACT score of 17 are required for acceptance into all undergraduate programs in the Department of Human Ecology. In compliance with the university's guidelines, students accepted into the department must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.000 to remain in good academic standing. Students are also required to earn a “C” grade or better in all courses that are designated as major core courses to fulfill a baccalaureate requirement.  In addition, students are only allowed to earn one “D” grade in all courses that are designated as support courses. Students pursuing the Food and Nutritional Science program, and choosing the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) option, must achieve and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be in good academic standing, and to receive a Verification Statement and a better opportunity for acceptance into a Dietetic Internship Practice program. Students are also required to earn a “C” grade or better in all courses that are designated as major core courses to fulfill a baccalaureate requirement.   Semester Course Registration: The Department’s policy is that students must meet with their academic Advisor or Department Chair for course selection and registration. Students cannot obtain an Alternate PIN prior to advisement. An Alternate PIN can only be issued to a student by an academic Advisor or Department Chairperson. Add/Drop monitoring: The Department encourages students to make use of all academic support services on campus in order to avoid the need to a course during a semester. If a student decides to drop a course due to factors above his/her control, the student will be asked to complete an Add/Drop slip, obtain advisor’s signature and course instructor’s signature prior to the last day to add or drop courses. After the Add/Drop period, student must obtain the signature of the Department Chair and the Dean of the College prior to dropping a course. ACADEMIC PROBATION  Delaware State University has established an Early Warning System to identify students who may have academic difficulty throughout the duration of their study at DSU. In addition, the university has developed intervention programs and resources such as the Advisement Center and tutorial services to help students resolve academic difficulties so that they can succeed. Students who are placed on Academic Probation are required to register for the three credit-hour course, “Learning Strategies for Academic Success” during the semester in which the student is on probation. Students on Academic Probation are not allowed to register for more than 13 credit hours during the semester in which they are on probation.  In addition, students on Academic Probation are required to make use of all support services on campus until they have shown significant improvement. EXPECTED CONDUCT The Department expects students to read and be familiar with the Student Conduct Code that is found in the DSU Undergraduate Catalog. The Catalog outlines students' rights, responsibilities and expectations. Students are expected to remain honest in academic endeavors (not cheating, or knowingly or willingly falsifying data, not plagiarizing) and avoid social misconduct. Academic dishonesty may result in a failing grade for the assigned work or a failing grade for the course. Students enrolled in the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) should also become familiar with the Code of Ethics for the Profession of Dietetics. All members of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Registered Dietitians, are bound to abide by this code of ethics. Students should expect to follow the Code while in their Didactic Programs as well as during dietetic internships. For more information about this program, visit: COMPLAINT PROCESS The Department expects students to abide by and respect the DSU grievance procedures. DSU has grievance procedures that are outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog.  The process for resolution of grievances about academic problems begins first with speaking with the faculty member or instructor involved. If the difficulty is not resolved, the student may meet with the Department Chair without the faculty member. If a satisfactory resolution does not occur after a meeting with the Department Chair, the student may take the grievance to the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences, and if necessary, to the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost. Students enrolled in the Didactic Program in Dietetics are also expected to become familiar with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics complaint procedure and policy. Any individual, for example, student, faculty, dietetics practitioner and/or member of the public, may submit a complaint against any accredited program to the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND, formerly the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education).  A copy of the accreditation/approval standards and/or CADE's policy and procedure for submission of complaints about programs is available at and may be obtained by contacting the Education and Accreditation Team at The Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics at 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995.        

Kevina Vulinec, PhD



Welcome to the Vulinec Bat Lab at Delaware State University! I am involved in several projects around the Mid-Atlantic region and in the Neotropics. Currently, I work primarily on bats.    

The Center for Small Flock Research and Innovation


Center for Small Flock Research and Innovation

Dr. Brigid McCrea
U.S. Washington Center
Delaware State University
Cooperative Extension Programs
1200 N. Dupont Hwy.
Dover, DE 19901

Ph: 302.857.6432
F:   302.857.6430


The Center for Small Flock Research and Innovation (CSFRI) a source of information for small flock producers.  We provide timely information on upcoming events of interest to small flock holders as well as special interest fact sheets.  As research related to keeping small flocks becomes available, the information will be published on this website.   CSFRI will help small flock and niche market poultry producers by performing research on their specific production techniques, management methods, and biosecurity modifications. As the nation's first and the only research center of its kind, CSFRI will provide unique educational and research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. Poultry Showmanship Video Click Here   Breed Variety Fact Sheets Ancona Australorp Buckeye Plymouth Rock Sebright Wyandotte Additional Fact Sheets Brooding Poultry Cleaning and Disinfection Footbaths For Pastured Poultry Farms Poultry Breeds The Lasher Laboratory Locks and Signs Quarantine and Isolation Procedures for Pastured Poultry Rodent Control on Small Poultry Farms Traffic Patterns Wild Bird Winterizing Your Coop      


Brigid McCrea, PhD

Dr. McCrea serves as Associate Professor in the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and as State Poultry Specialist for Cooperative Extension at Delaware State University. She is trained as a microbiologist and received her Ph.D. in Poultry Science from Auburn University. She specializes in small flocks, niche market poultry products, and both pre– and post-harvest food safety.



The Chicken Whisperer's Guide to Keeping Chickens
Book signing, presentation and Q&A
SaturdayAugust 22, 2015

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Dr. Brigid McCrea
Ph: 302.857.6432
F:   302.857.6430



Click the link above for more information






Researchers in the CARS Catfish Laboratory from left: Mr. Balaji Babu, Research Associate; Ms. Huldah Haynes, Research Technician; Ms. Adeyimika Adepoju, Undergraduate Student Assistant; Dr. Brigid McCrea, Co-Project Director; and Dr. Gulnihal Ozbay, Project Director. Not pictured: Dr. Dennis McIntosh, Co-Project Director.

  COOPERATIVE RESEARCH NEWS     Do Golf Courses Make Good Bat Habitats?   CATFISH SAFETY INSPECTION PROGRAM   By Dr. Gulnihal Ozbay, Project Director Mr. Balaji Kubandra Babu, Research Associate   Seafood is one of the most relished culinary delicacies in the world. The consumption of seafood has increased manifold in the last decade. However, the production of seafood in the U.S. has decreased by about 20% in the last 10 years, whereas the value of seafood imported from Vietnam has increased 5 fold in the same time frame.   Catfish ranks number one among the top ten seafoods consumed in the U.S. As of 2007, the per capita consumption of catfish was 0.87 pounds. There is an increase in demand for both domestic and imported catfish in the U.S. In 2005, the catfish imported from Vietnam were recalled due to the concerns of antibiotic residues. A similar recall was issued for catfish imported from China in 2007. In the wake of recent recalls of some of the imported fish, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has beefed up the scrutiny of imported and domestic seafood. The most recent recall involved the mackerel imported from Vietnam for concerns of Clostridium botulinum contamination.                                         The use of unapproved antimicrobial drugs in the raising of fish can cause acute and chronic health effects in people. An acute response could be an allergy, but chronic effects may take a long time to develop and cancer is considered a chronic long-term effect. The catfish grown in ponds may also have heavy metals in them due to bioaccumulation.   The short-term goal of this Cooperative Research project in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences  is to determine the presence of antimicrobial drugs, heavy metals and food borne pathogens in both domestic and imported catfish fillets. The long-term goal is to establish a nationally recognized Catfish Research and Education Center, which couples research with extension programs. Microbiological Testing The catfish fillets purchased from retail outlets in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC are tested for the presence of Salmonella species and generic Escherichia coli. The microbial floras in the samples are also quantified using Aerobic Plate Count (APC) and Psychrotrophic plate count (PPC).The catfish fillets are tested for the presence of pathogens as per the protocol set forth in the Microbiological Laboratory Guidebook (MLG).                   CATFISH FILLETS LINED UP FOR TESTING                              AEROBIC PLATE COUNT (APC) IN CATFISH SAMPLES        PLATING OF INOCULUM ON PETRIDISHES       ANTIMICROBIAL DRUG TESTING The presence of antimicrobial drugs like Chloramphenicol, Malachite Green and Gentian Violet in the catfish fillets are detected using ELISA (Enzyme Linked ImmunoSorbent Assay). The testing is done as per the protocol set forth by the USDA-FSIS, Office of Public Health Science CLG.                                              READING ELISA PLATES IN A BIOTEK® ELISA READER                            EXTRACTION OF SAMPLES FOR CHLORAMPHENICOL DETECTION                                                                                                                                                    PHOTOGRAPH OF AN ELISA PLATE SCREENING   Heavy metals testing   As of January 2011, the installation of the Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (AAS) is completed. The AAS aids in the detection of heavy metals like Cadmium (Cd), Lead (Pb), Mercury (Hg) and Arsenic (As) in the catfish fillets. The detection of heavy metals in catfish fillets began in January 2011 and will continue through September 2011.   The Catfish project team includes Dr. Gulnihal Ozbay as Project Director; Dr. Brigid McCrea and Dr. Dennis McIntosh as Co-Project Directors; Mr. Balaji Kubandra Babu as Research Associate; Ms. Huldah Haynes as Research Technician; and undergraduate student interns Adeyimika Adepoju, Pamela Stampul, Eunice Handy, Brandon Bruce, Yesenia Rosado, and Venessa Richards. This project is funded by the USDA-FSIS Seafood Inspection Program and the Catfish Inspection Laboratory is established with the same USDA-FSIS funding.   Picture 'AAS' is Atomic Absorption Spectrometer 600.    'FIMS' is Flow Injection Mercury System   Note: This project is funded by USDA-FSIS Catfish Inspection Program and allowed DSU to establish a laboratory for inspecting both domestic and imported catfish for microbiological and chemical contaminants. The funding is also provided to the Cooperative Extension Program to establish a catfish processing laboratory and community outreach and education.         

College of Agriculture & Related Sciences

DSU is part of the 1890 Land-Grant system that celebrates 125 years of providing educational opportunities for all people. DSU Celebrates 125!            
A word from the dean...  Are you a potential undergraduate or graduate student with an interest in agriculture, food and nutritional science, natural resources, or textiles and apparel studies? I welcome you to visit the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences (CARS). We have programs that offer you a solid academic and experiential learning foundation to help you achieve your educational and career goals. Dr. Dyremple B. Marsh Dean, 1890 Administrator, Research Director At DSU, The College of Agriculture and Related Sciences is the bedrock of the 1890 land-grant tradition. Our history began with the Second Morrill Act and is reinforced daily through our teaching, research and extension activities--the three core components that define the land-grant mission.   Academics Research Extension Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Arboretum Claude E. Phillips Herbarium Undergraduate Studies Graduate Studies Department of Human Ecology Undergraduate Studies Graduate Studies Faculty Areas of Study Cooperative Research Research Capability  Agriculture and Natural Resources Center for Small Flock Research and Innovation Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer Science 4H and Youth Development   DSU Celebrates 125! DSU is part of the national 1890 land-grant system, which is poised to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Second Morrill Act in 2015. Select the links below for more information on DSU’s planned activities and on the 1890 Land Grant Universities. 1890 Land-Grant Universities 1890 – 2015 (video)      

College of Agriculture & Related Sciences

Telephone: 302.857.6400


The mission of the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences is to celebrate the uniqueness of the 1890 land-grant tripartite design by educating students through the pursuit of scholarly excellence; by conducting basic and applied research; and through teaching and extension to improve the lives of people in the state, nation and world. This mission is supported by: 

  • Innovative basic and applied research that leads to the discovery of new and beneficial knowledge that is consistent with societal needs. 
  • A quality educational experience that provides professional opportunities for future leaders in agriculture and related sciences. 
  • Quality outreach education that is designed to address specific needs of a diverse audience including under-represented groups.

Administrative Staff Profile

Dyremple B. Marsh

Marikis Alvarez
Associate Dean 
for Research

Donna P. Brown
Interim Associate Dean 
for Extension

Richard Barczewski
Department of Agriculture
and Natural Resources

Samuel Besong
Department of Human Ecology

Troy Darden
Information Coordinator

​Shanina Harris
Senior Secretary

Lee Hawkins
Academic Advisor

Michelle Hayes
Purchasing Specialist III

Lisa Hopkins
Administrative Assistant/
Budget Analyst

Alex Meredith
College Recruiter 

Pablo Mojica
IT Coordinator

​Ayeda Silent
Financial & Budget Analyst

​Ahira Y. Smith
Director of Academic Advisement

Communications Media Assistant



CARS Calendar

CARS Calendar (Full View)

CARS Clubs
Student organizations within the college

CARS Ambassadors Flagship, student mentoring organization
Mr. Alex Meredith, Advisor

CARS Tours Tour of College of Agriculture & Related Sciences
Mr. Alex Meredith, Advisor

Collegiate FFA  (Campus chapter of national student agriculture organization)
Dr. Richard Barczewski, Advisor
Mr. Alex Meredith, Co-Advisor

FAN (Food and Nutrition Club)
Human Ecology Department 

Dr. Bettina Taylor, Advisor

MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences)
Mrs. Chandra Owens, Advisor

Republic of Fashion (Textile and Apparel Studies club)
Ms. Jasmine Chandler, Advisor

Pre-Vet Club (for students interested in veterinary medicine)

Dr. Richard Barczewski, Advisor

CARS Conversations

Check here each month as we introduce you to members of the CARS staff. These people work behind the scenes to help our students and to support our projects and programs.

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Graduate Degree Programs




Dr. Jung-lim Lee explains molecular biological assays to graduate students in Food Science program.


    The Department of Human Ecology offers graduate degree programs in Food Science and Family and Consumer Science Education MS in Food Science: The Master’s degree program in Food Science at Delaware State University prepares graduates with a BS degree in Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, or Food and Nutritional Sciences for an excellent career in the high-tech food industry.   The Graduate Program in Food Science is a multi-disciplinary program that integrates knowledge in Microbiology, Biology, Chemistry, Nutrition and Engineering into the study and production of nutritious and safe food.   This program will provide students a unique opportunity to work with USDA-ARS scientists and have access to the state-of-the-art equipment at the DSU main campus and USDA/ARS/ERRC, Wyndmoor, PA. for their thesis work.   The Food Science Master candidates will perform their research projects and thesis defenses under the advisement of expert faculty in the Department of Human Ecology. USDA-ARS scientists are also willing to serve as co-advisors on students’ research.   The food industry and related private agencies for food safety are the largest and fastest-growing private-sector employers in the United States. Career opportunities in Food Science include: Food Chemistry, Food Microbiology, Food Safety and Quality Assurance, Biotechnology and Pharmaceutics, Nutrition Labeling and Packaging, Food Analysis/Control, Sensory evaluation, Food processing and engineering, Food marketing, Sales and distribution.   Students entering the program must choose one of two concentrations: 1) Food Microbiology (Go to the JLRG website) or 2) Food Chemistry.     Program Objectives   Program Requirements and Course Work   Program Management   Curriculum     MS in Family and Consumer Sciences Education: The Family and Consumer Sciences Education (FCSE) program prepares Food & Nutritional Sciences, Consumer Sciences, and Textiles and Apparel Studies graduates for professional positions in teaching, government, community agencies, and for entering a doctoral program in Family and Consumer Sciences or in a related discipline. The FCSE program offers specializations in family and consumer sciences teacher certification and family and consumer sciences.     An MS degree in FCSE would also provide a foundation for advanced graduate courses and research work for teachers with a BS degree currently in practice. The program is designed to serve the needs of qualified students preparing for Family and Consumer Sciences careers in Students seeking certification to teach should consult the chairperson of the Department of Education for additional course requirements. Students seeking certification will have advisors in both the departments of Human Ecology and Education. Program Objectives   Program Requirements and Course Work   Program Management   Curriculum Course Descriptions    



Are you interested in state-of-the-art food science research?
For more information on the Food Science Program, contact:
Assistant Professor
Graduate Advisor in Food Science Program
(302) 857-6448

For more information on the Family and Consumer Sciences Program, contact:
Department of Human Ecology
(302) 857-6440