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Neil Aschliman

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Associate Professor


Main Campus
Lewis Hall, LH202A
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803


Teaches courses in human anatomy and physiology, vertebrate biology, biodiversity, and biological literature. His research focuses on the evolution of vertebrates, particularly chondrichthyan fishes, and integrates comparative anatomy, molecular evolution, and the fossil record.


Education and Training

PhD, Florida State University
Department of Biological Science

BS, Texas A&M University
Department of Biology


Courses Taught

BIOL 201 Diversity of Living Systems
BIOL 230 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 232 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 223 Special Topics in Biology: The Vertebrate Story
WI-BIOL 300 Biological Literature and Communication


Areas of Professional Interest

Vertebrate anatomy and evolution


Recent Publications and Presentations

Neil C. Aschliman. 2014. Interrelationships of the durophagous stingrays (Batoidea: Myliobatidae). Environmental Biology of Fishes. doi: 10.1007/s10641-014-0261-8

Neil C. Aschliman. Evolution of the durophagous stingrays (Batoidea: Myliobatidae). Invited symposium speaker. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. Albuquerque, New Mexico; 12 Jul 2013.

Neil C. Aschliman, Kerin M. Claeson and John D. McEachran. Phylogeny of Batoidea. 2012. Reviewed chapter. Pp. 57 - 95 in Biology of Sharks and Their Relatives, Edition 2. J.C. Carrier, J.A. Musick and M.R. Heithaus (eds.). CRC Press.

Neil C. Aschliman, Mutsumi Nishida, Masaki Miya, Jun G. Inoue, Kerri M. Rosana and Gavin J.P. Naylor. 2012. Body Plan Convergence in the Evolution of Skates and Rays (Chondrichthyes: Batoidea). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 63:28-42.

Neil C. Aschliman, David A. Ebert, and Leonard J. V. Compagno. 2010. Redescription of Cruriraja ‘parcomaculata' sensu Smith, 1964 (Rajoidei: Anacanthobatidae), a new legskate from Southern Africa. Copeia 2010(3):364-372.

Neil C. Aschliman. A new framework for interpreting the evolution of skates and rays (Chondrichthyes: Batoidea). Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. Providence, Rhode Island; 10 Jul. 2010.


Honors and Awards

Frederick H. Stoye Award, General Ichthyology, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Providence, Rhode Island; 10 Jul. 2010.