Heather Chalcraft

Heather Vance-Chalcraft

Title: Teaching Associate Professor and Assistant Director of Outreach for the North Carolina Center for Biodiversity
Area of Study: community ecology, population ecology and scientific teaching
Phone: 252-328-9841
Fax: 252-328-4178
Office: 330 Science and Technology Building
Address: Department of Biology
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858

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Research Interests:

I am a community ecologist who is primarily interested in species interactions, prey behavior, and predator-prey dynamics. Most of my work has focused on 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. In addition, I am very interested in scientific teaching and making science more accessible to all students.


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.

Courses Taught:

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

BIOL 1200. Introductory Biology II for majors.

BIOL 2250. Ecology.

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

BIOL 4800 Freshwater Biology.

Laboratory Personnel



Alyssa D'Alessandro
M.S. Student