Kevina Vulinec

Countries: 
Brazil
Discipline: 
Environmental Sciences
  • Associate Professor, Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Delaware State University, Dover, DE
  • Lecturing and Research: Seed-Dispersing Bats in Fragmented Tropical Rainforest; Nocturnal Wildlife Audio-Visual Technology Workshops
  • National Institute of Amazonian Research, Manaus, Brazil
  • February 2011 - April 2011
  • Fulbright Presentation (.PDF)
  • Curriculum Vitae (.PDF)
  • Photos
  • Email: kvulinec@desu.edu

Kevina Vulinec is a Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Delaware State University, where she has worked since 2001, achieving tenure in 2006 and promotion to Full Professor in 2013. Delaware State University is a Historically-Black University founded in 1891, and a land-grant institution, which serves to promote underrepresented groups in education, research, and outreach activities. As faculty, Vulinec mentors and supervises undergraduate and graduate students in Wildlife Ecology, teaches courses, and conducts research, with the overriding objective of finding pathways for minorities and women to succeed in the STEM disciplines. She won the Delaware State University Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008.

Before being employed by Delaware State University, Kevina Vulinec was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Florida, an Environmental Scientist for the St. Johns River Water Management District, Florida, and a Curator of Entomology at the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History. She is also an award-winning and published artist.

Her research focuses on biodiversity conservation and ecosystem function, especially as will be impacted by anthropogenic change. She has worked on the conservation and ecosystem roles of numerous fauna, including primates, dung beetles, butterflies, songbirds, and currently bats in the US and Neotropics. Her interests encompass seed-dispersal communities in the tropics, the role of predators, the value of secondary forests, and reforestation using natural dispersal agents.

Vulinec’s Fulbright-Hays to Brazil helped her attain her doctorate working on seed dispersal by primates and dung beetles, and a Fulbright Scholar award in 2011 took her back to the Brazilian Amazon for work on bats, habitat disturbance, and seed dispersal.