A member of the college's faculty since 1971, Epifanio conducts research on the biology of the larval and early life stages of ecologically and commercially important fish and crustaceans, such as the blue crab. He has taught various courses in marine biology and biological oceanography and has advised more than 50 students in obtaining their graduate degree. In 2002, Epifanio was honored as the first recipient of UD's Outstanding Graduate Student Mentoring and Advising Award.
Department of Marine Biosciences
Dr. Epifanio is currently involved in a number of writing projects. These include a review paper on behavioral adaptations in crab larvae and a book chapter on responses of crustacean larvae to visual, chemical, and tactile stimuli. The book chapter is part of an Oxford University Press series on the natural history of the Crustacea.
PhD, zoology, Duke University
B.S., biology, Lafayette College
Epifanio, C.E. and J.H. Cohen. 2016. Behavioral adaptations in larvae of brachyuran crabs: A review. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 482:85-105. doi: 10.1016/j.jembe.2016.05.006
Schab, C.M., S. Park, L.A. Waidner, and C.E. Epifanio. 2013. Return of the native: historical comparison of invasive and indigenous crab populations near the mouth of Delaware Bay. J. Shellfish Biol. 32(3): 751-758. doi: 10.2983/035.032.0318
Epifanio, C.E., A.I Dittel, and C.E. Tilburg. 2013. Abundance of invasive and native crab larvae in the mouth of Delaware Bay: Hemigrapsus sanguineus and Uca pugnax. J. Shellfish Biol. 32:543-550. doi: 10.2983/035.032.0235
Scholarly activities are focused on the ecology of crustacean larvae, particularly the factors that drive year-to-year variation in population size. Dr. Epifanio is retired from the teaching faculty and is not accepting new students. However, he will be available to serve on graduate-student advisory committees for the foreseeable future.