Jeffrey RamProfessor at Wayne State University
Dr. Jeffrey L. Ram has diverse research interests relating to biodiversity, reproduction, invasive species, and human and environmental microbiomes. He studies diverse aquatic organisms both as model systems for physiological research and as a way to understand and protect Great Lakes habitats and ecology. This research is connected technically and conceptually to developing methods of detecting and reducing the number of organisms in the ballast systems of ships. His invertebrate research has been recognized internationally by several international research grants, and he is the immediate past-president of the International Society for Invertebrate Reproduction and Development. Dr. Ram directs a project to develop and test new systems of indicative monitoring of live organisms. In addtion, he heads a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to promote science and science careers among students in the Detroit public schools. Together with Allegra Cangelosi, Dr. Ram recently organized two hands-on Ballast Monitoring Practicums, directed at examining state-of-the-art indicative technologies for use in a freshwater environment.