Heather Chalcraft

Heather Vance-Chalcraft

Title: Assistant Professor 
Director of Outreach, Biodiversity Initiative
Area of Study: Biology Education and Community Ecology
Phone: 252-328-9841 (Biology); 252-328-5429 (Office for Faculty Excellence)
Fax: 252-328-4178
E-mail: vancechalcrafth@ecu.edu
Office: 330 Science and Technology Building (Biology); 1007 Joyner Library (Office for Faculty Excellence)
Address: Department of Biology
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
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Research Interests:

My education research revolves around the themes of incorporating research experiences into undergraduate courses using citizen-science projects, using multiple layers of interventions to improve transfer student success, and comparing the effectiveness of graduate teaching training programs on self-efficacy and teaching practices.

My ecological research focuses on species interactions, prey behavior, and predator-prey dynamics. Most of my work generally uses experiments with aquatic invertebrates and fish, but I have also used non-experimental approaches to study predation as well as patterns of biodiversity in Puerto Rican forests.


Ruehl, C.B., H. Vance-Chalcraft, and D.R. Chalcraft. In review. Co-occurrence of multiple prey alters the impact of predators on prey performance through multiple mechanisms.  Ecology and Evolution.  

Stuckert, A. and H.D. Vance-Chalcraft. 2016. Dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dependence: Using dodgeball to explore frequency dependence. American Biology Teacher 78 (7): 603-606. 

Albecker, M. and H.D. Vance-Chalcraft.  2015. Mismatched anti-predator behavioral responses in predator-naïve larval anurans.  Peer J. 3:e1472 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.147

Vance-Chalcraft, H.D., M.R. Willig, S.B. Cox, A.E. Lugo, and F.N. Scatena. 2010. Relationship between aboveground biomass and multiple measures of biodiversity in subtropical forest of Puerto Rico. Biotropica 42 (3):290-299.  

Vance-Chalcraft, H.D., J.A. Rosenheim, J.R. Vonesh, C.W. Osenberg, and A. Sih. 2007. The influence of intraguild predation on prey suppression and prey release: a meta-analysis. Ecology 88 (11):2689-2696.

Vance-Chalcraft, H.D. and D.A. Soluk. 2005. Estimating the prevalence and strength of non-independent predator effects. Oecologia 146: 452-460.

Vance-Chalcraft, H.D. and D.A. Soluk. 2005. Multiple predator effects result in risk reduction for the prey across multiple prey densities. Oecologia 144:472-480.

Vance-Chalcraft, H.D., D.A. Soluk, and N. Ozburn. 2004. Is prey predation risk influenced more by increasing predator density or predator species richness in stream enclosures? Oecologia 139:117-122.

Other Publications:

Stuckert, A. and H.D. Vance-Chalcraft. 2016 Using dodgeball to explore frequency dependence. K-12 Teacher Lesson Plan for The Scientific Research and Education Network (http://www.thesciren.org/). 

Vance-Chalcraft, H.D., editor.  Questions About Life Reader.  © 2012, 2010, 2009 W.H. Freeman and Company, New York, NY. (Supplement to Jay Phelan’s What is Life? textbook) (3 versions – original, with physiology, and second edition) 

Vance-Chalcraft, H.D. and Taria Crenshaw, editors.  Exploring Biology:  a lab manual for General Biology.  © 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 Hayden-McNeil Publishers, Plymouth, MI.  158 pages. (Updated annually)

Soluk, D.A., J.A. Steinmetz, J. Sandberger, L.L. Zuehls, H.D. Vance-Chalcraft, and K.L. Moss.  2003.  Black Partridge Creek Water Quality Assessment 1994-2002.  Final Report:  Aquatic Ecology Report 03/04.  Illinois Natural History Survey.

Courses Taught:

BIOL 1050, 1051. General Biology for non-majors.

BIOL 2250. Ecology.

BIOL 2800. Biological Instruction, a training course for biology Undergraduate Teaching Assistants.

BIOL 5220, 5221. Freshwater Biology/Limnology for undergraduate and graduate students.

BIOL 7970. Teaching Natural Science in Higher Education, a training course for graduate students interested in teaching.