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Gerald Wilcox

Gerald Wilcox

Department: Biology
Title: Professor of Biology
Phone: 304-788-6985

Ph.D. Biology West Virginia University
M.S. Biology St. Bonaventure University
B.S. Biology Gannon University
Selected Potomac State College Outstanding Professor of the Year (2005-2006)

Courses Taught:
BIOL 101/103 General Biology
BIOL 102/104 General Biology
BIOL 115 Principles of Biology
BIOL 221 Ecology and Evolution
AEM 341 General Microbiology
HONR 199 Orientation to Honors

University Service:
Chairperson, Division of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
PSC representative to WVU Faculty Senate
Member of PSC Safety Council
Member of PSC Honors Program Advisory
Pre-Physical Therapy and Pre-Occupational Therapy Advisor


Perry, James, W., David Morton, Joy B. Perry, and Gerry Wilcox. 2013. Laboratory Manual for Biology. Sixth edition. Custom Edition for Potomac State College. Cengage Learning.Mason Ohio.

Wilcox, Gerald and John DeCosta. 1990. The effects of Anabaena flos-aquae inoculation, pH elevation, and N/P manipulation on the algal biomass and species composition of an acid lake. Hydrobiologia 202:85-104.

Wilcox, Gerald and John DeCosta. 1984. Bag experiments on the effect of phosphorus and base additions on the algal biomass and species composition of an acid lake. Internationale Revue der Gesamten Hydrobiologie 69:2:173-199.

DeCosta, J., A. Janicki, G. Shellito, and G. Wilcox. 1983. The effect of phosphorus additions in enclosures on the phytoplankton and zooplankton of an acid lake. Oikos 40:283-294.

Wilcox, Gerald and John DeCosta. 1982. The effect of phosphorus and nitrogen addition on the algal biomass and species composition of an acidic lake. Archiv. fur Hydrobiologie 94:393-424.

Wilcox, Gerald R. and Stephen W. Eaton. 1976. The planktonic rotifers of Canandaigua Lake, 1974. Science Studies. St. Bonaventure University. Volume XXXII, 13-22.

Zagorski, S.I. and G. R. Wilcox. 1973. Quantitative and qualitative analysis of the macro- invertebrates of Lake Erie, Erie, PA. Proceedings of PA Academy of Sciences 47:99-101.

Research Interests:

Phytoplankton Population Dynamics, Limnology, Stream Ecology, and Ecology

Conducted research on Lake Erie, Finger Lake in New York (Canandaigua Lake) and Acid strip-mine lake in West Virginia (Cheat Lake)

Professional Organizations:

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

The American Society for Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)

The Ecological Society of America (ESA)

The Nature Conservancy (West Virginia Chapter)

Conference Proceedings/Presentation:

Attend annual Ecological Society of America conferences

Participated in Ecological Society of America field trips in Hawaii, Mount St. Helens in Washington, Cedar Creek Long-Term Ecological Research Station in Minnesota, and Lake Tahoe in California/Nevada

Hobbies include:

Gardening, hiking, running, and fly fishing