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Charles Epifanio



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 Affiliation

Department of Marine Biosciences

Current Projects

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

Selected Publications

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

Research Interests

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.  

Epifanio Publications

A list of publications by Dr. Charles Epifanio


• Fisheries Management


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School of Marine Science & Policy

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Department of Geological Sciences

Discovering how geological processes have operated over various time scales to create and influence the planet’s surface environments.

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