Dissertation: “Behavioral Ecology of Flying Squirrels (Glaucomys volans).”
2005 – now Smithsonian Institute, Associate in Communications: providing science education programming to schools
1995 – now Montclair State University, NJ. Director, PRISM: providing science and mathematics professional development to teachers
1990-1995 Upsala College, NJ: Full Professor and Chair of Biology
1977-1990 Upsala College, NJ: Assistant Prof/ Associate Prof Biology
Teaching Experience: Undergraduate courses in General Biology, Embryology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Comparative Anatomy, Animal Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, Botany, Scientific Illustration. Graduate course sin Ecology and Teaching Science.
Research in Ecology: 40 years of investigations in field ecology of mammals in North American and Neotropical Forests, with specialization in squirrel population dynamics and ecology and tropical cat (ocelot and jaguar) home range, prey selection, and behavior. Early innovator in use of surveillance cameras to document mammal population movements and density. Developer of unique 30-year dataset on the mammalian ecology of a Panamanian forest. Expertise in live-trapping, census methodologies.
STEM Education: Early innovator in the use of internet education programming, especially videoconference technology to connect K-12 classrooms (since 2003) globally with researchers at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama and students in Belize, Australia, Portugal, Madagascar, and Thailand: appointed Smithsonian Associate in Communications. Created “The Rainforest Connection Live!”
Awards and Recognition:
Presentations and Workshops
Peer-Reviewed Publications, selected:
Giacalone Willis, J., K. Macht, and M. Burke. 2015. Our Twelve-year Journey Internationalizing In-Service Science Education. Book Chapter, In: Schwarzer, D. and B. Bridglall. Promoting Global Competence & Social Justice in Teacher Education. Lexington Books: NY. 332 pp.
Milton, K. and J. Giacalone. 2014. Differential Effects of Unusual Climatic Stress on Two Sympatric Primate Species (Cebus capucinus and Alouatta palliata) on Barro Colorado Island, Panama. American Journal of Primatology. 76 (3): 249 – 261.
Laurance, W. et al. J. Giacalone Willis. 2012. Averting Biodiversity Collapse in Tropical Forest Protected Areas. Nature. July 25, 2012, online 11318.
Aliaga-Rossel, E., R. Moreno, R. Kays, and J. Giacalone. 2006. Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) Predation on Agouti (Dasyprocta punctata). Biotropica. 38(5): 691-694.