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Oliver Pergams

Associate Professor

PHD, Biology/Biological Sciences

Dr. Oliver Pergams is a conservation & evolutionary biologist, and a professor at Olive-Harvey College. He also holds research appointments at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Field Museum. He has over 25 peer-reviewed publications in journals such as Nature, PNAS, & PLoS One. Dr. Pergams has testified as an expert witness before Congress and has given numerous presentations, sometimes as keynote speaker.
During his career in conservation he has received a number of awards, including a US Environmental Protection Agency STAR Fellowship, a David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship, and a US Dept. of State Fulbright Senior Lecturing/Research Award. Dr. Pergams was awarded a 2013 International Conference on College Teaching and Learning Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology. In 2014 he was nominated Distinguished Faculty by Phi Theta Kappa, Lambda Iota Chapter. In 2018 Dr. Pergams received the City Colleges of Chicago Luminary Award "...for helping to make your college and/or community an exceptional place to learn, work, and grow."
Dr. Pergams is also a Master Natural Areas Restoration Steward, and is leading restoration of the City Colleges of Chicago Wetland ( Along with Dr. Liza Mohanty, Dr. Pergams designed the new Environmental Biology Associate of Science concentration. Dr. Pergams also designed the Pre-Aviation AS. He is very involved in mentoring students, and guides other faculty in mentoring as well. Dr. Pergams is also Coordinator of General Education Biology at OHC, and is the CCC District Biology Liaison.

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Phone: 773/291-6502

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