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Dr. David Sissom

W. David Sissom, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology, Department Head

Office: Agriculture and Natural Sciences Building, Room 348A
Email: dsissom@wtamu.edu
Phone: 806-651-2573

Professional Profile

Dr. Sissom received his B.S. and M.S. Degrees in zoology from Texas Tech University in 1978 and 1980, respectively, and his Ph.D. in general biology from Vanderbilt University in 1985. He taught at Texas Tech (1985-86) and at Elon College in North Carolina (1986-1992) prior to coming to WTAMU. He has been a member of the Department of Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences since Fall 1992.

Teaching and Related Service

Dr. Sissom primarily teaches general zoology, entomology, arthropods and public health, parasitology, marine biology, and arachnology. He also teaches a graduate course entitled Principles of Systematics, and occasionally teaches general biology.

Dr. Sissom serves as an academic advisor for general biology majors. He has served as Department Head since January 2011.

Research and Creative Activity

Dr. Sissom's research centers mainly of the systematics and natural history of scorpions. He also conducts taxonomic research on other arachnid groups and has engaged in biodiversity inventory work on terrestrial invertebrates in the Texas Panhandle and other cities in Texas.