The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Since 1977, Roger Thomas has been involved in environmental monitoring project development, management, on-site field work and public outreach as part of his role in the Patrick Center for Environmental Research at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Many of these projects have focused on documenting local freshwater mussel populations within the Delaware and Susquehanna River watersheds, and other large river systems throughout the United States, including the Mississippi, Sabine, Guadalupe, and Savannah rivers, to name a few. Recently, he and Dr. Danielle Kreeger of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary have been involved in several projects whose goals are to restore freshwater mussels back into streams throughout southeastern Pennsylvania by either transplanting mussels from beds located on the Delaware River or by repopulating these areas with mussels raised in a local hatchery. Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a leading natural history museum dedicated to advancing research, education, and public engagement in biodiversity and environmental science.