Pamela Geddes, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science.
Dr. Geddes earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees at Florida International University in Miami, Fla., and her doctoral (Ph.D.) degree at the University of Chicago. She was a post-doctoral fellow at Loyola University Chicago before joining NEIU.
Dr. Geddes began her STEM journey when she packed her bags in Argentina and moved to the U.S., leaving her home country to pursue a biology degree. As a first-generation student in her family, she worked three jobs and paid her own way through college as an administrative assistant, library page (shelved books in the children’s section), and a dance teacher for an after-school program.
Dr. Geddes serves as a mentor for the SACNAS @ NEIU Chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, a national society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of underrepresented minorities to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science. She is a research mentor for environmental science and biology undergraduate and graduate students. She researches fascinating (and fun!) aspects of water ecosystems, from invasive plant species that invade wetlands, to how organisms interact in freshwater lakes and ponds, to how contaminants affect water quality and organisms that live in those aquatic ecosystems.
Dr. Geddes strongly believes in the importance of mentoring. Throughout her journey in science she experienced the support and encouragement of several mentors, and she believes in paying this forward. She is glad to be able to help students realize their unique potential and achieve their success, not only academically but also as citizens, members of our community, and future professionals.
Funded by National Science Foundation DUE Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program Award 1832421.