John B. Burch

Professor Emeritus

Education: 

PhD, University of Michigan (1959)
MS, University of Richmond (1954)
BS, Randolph-Macon College (1952) 

About: 

John B. Burch, Ph.D., curator of mollusks in the Museum of Zoology and professor of zoology, College of Literature Science and the Arts, and professor of natural resources, retired from active faculty status on December 31, 2001. From 1955-1962, he was a research assistant, then research associate. 1- joined the faculty of the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology and Department of Zoology as a curator and assistant professor in 1962. He was promoted to associate professor in 1964 and professor in 1970. He served as the chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from 1979-81 and was named professor of natural resources in 1980.

Research: 

Professor Burch's research focused on freshwater mollusks and infectious diseases, and he has more than 180 publications. His special contributions have been in cytotaxonomy and evolution of snails, cell and tissue culture of mollusks, and snails as vectors of disease.

Accolades: 

Lifetime Achievement Award of the Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society
Special recognitions from the Science Society of Thailand, Malacological Society of thePhilippines, and Korean Society of Malacology
Named curator emeritus of mollusks, professor emeritus of zoology,and professor emeritus of natural resources

Select publications: 

Professor Burch's has more than 180 publications. His special contributions have been in cytotaxonomy and evolution of snails, cell and tissue culture of mollusks, and snails as vectors of disease.

Service: 

Chair, International Advisory Committee

Chair, International Society for Medical and Applied Malacology.

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