W Lindsay Whitlow, PhD

W. Lindsay Whitlow

Department Chair, Biology

PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan

Areas of Expertise

Biology, Urban Ecology


His research interests focus on community, population, and behavioral ecology through four components: contamination, urbanization, restoration, and invasion. His research group, the Seattle University Creative Collaboration On Terrestrial and Aquatic Scientific Hypotheses (SUCCOTASH), incorporates a team of outstanding undergraduate researchers with colleagues from other departments on campus, and their work has recently focused on two primary projects:

  • Investigating how contaminants in urban runoff affect ecosystems by measuring concentrations among environmental compartments and responses by aquatic organisms
  • Examining how urbanization affects biodiversity of leaf litter invertebrates by comparing community composition at sites across the urban-rural gradient