Professor, Chair Biology Dept and Director Exercise Science Program
Leif Hembre is the Chair of the Biology Department and a Professor of Biology in Hamline University's College of Liberal Arts. He teaches courses in ecology and evolution, aquatic biology, invertebrate biology, and physiology. He is an ecologist and evolutionary biologist who studies zooplankton populations and food web interactions in lakes. He has received research grants from the National Science Foundation, Minnesota Sea Grant, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and the Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources. He regularly presents the findings of his research at national meetings of the Ecological Society of America and the Association for the Sciences of Limnology & Oceanography, and his work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals. Professor Hembre holds a BA in Biology and Environmental Studies from Saint Olaf College, and MS and PhD degrees in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from the University of Minnesota.
Professor Hembre is a member of two professional societies: the Ecological Society of America (ESA), and the Association for the Sciences of Limnology & Oceanography (ASLO). He is also the faculty advisor for the Hamline University chapter of the Beta Beta Beta National Biology Honor Society and is a faculty liaison for the Hamline University Men's Soccer Team.
Professor Hembre emphasizes inquiry-based laboratory and field projects, and discussions of scholarly literature in his courses.
"I want students to experience biology beyond the textbook by reading and discussion original research and by designing and carrying out their own experiments.
Association for the Sciences of Limnology & Oceanography (ASLO)
Beta Beta Beta National Biology Honor Society
Ecological Society of America (ESA)
Hamline University Men's Soccer Team
Hembre, L.K., and L.A. Peterson. 2012. Evolution of predator avoidance in a Daphnia population: evidence from the egg bank. Hydrobiologia. DOI 10.1007/s10750-012-1234-6.
Hembre, L.K., and R.O. Megard, 2006. Direct and indirect effects of predation on the genetic structure of a Daphnia population. Journal of Plankton Research. 28(12): 1126-1141.
Hembre, L.K., and R.O. Megard. 2005. Timing of predation by rainbow trout controls Daphnia demography and the trophic status of a Minnesota lake. Freshwater Biology. 50:1064-1080.
Hembre, L.K., and R.O. Megard. 2003. Seasonal and diel patchiness of a Daphnia population: An acoustic analysis. Limnology & Oceanography 48(6): 2221-2233.