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Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Faculty & Staff

Reuben P. Keller, PhD

Title/s: Assistant Professor

Specialty Area: Freshwater Ecology, Invasive Species, Bioeconomics

Office #: BVM Hall 401

Phone: 773.508.2952

E-mail: rkeller1@luc.edu

CV Link: Keller CV


Reuben Keller has been on faculty in the Department of Environmental Science since August, 2011. Immediately prior to this he held the Henry Chandler Cowles lectureship (2009-2011) in the Program on the Global Environment at the University of Chicago. Post-doctoral and research positions before this were at the University of Notre Dame (2007-2009) and Cambridge University (2006-2007). Keller completed his PhD in David Lodge’s lab at the University of Notre Dame (2001-2006). He grew up in Australia, and became interested in freshwater ecology and invasive species during his undergraduate degrees at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia), and especially while working in Prof. Sam Lake’s lab


BA/BSc(Hons) Monash University Australia
PhD (Ecology) University of Notre Dame

Research Interests

I am interested in the ecological, economic and social causes and consequences of species invasions. One main focus of my research is the development of risk assessment tools for predicting the identity of species that are likely to become invasive if they are spread beyond their native range. I am presently working as part of a large project to produce such risk assessment tools for all aquatic taxa currently being introduced to the Laurentian Great Lakes Basin through trade. Additionally, I am working with economist collaborators to calculate the economic benefits from removing these invasive species from trade. Another ongoing project is investigating the implications of invasive species for international environmental justic.

I spend a lot of time meeting and working with policy-makers at the city, state, regional and national levels to ensure that my research addresses important questions, and that my results are communicated to those who can use them.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Associate editor of journal Diversity and Distributions.

External reviewer for Shedd Aquarium research proposals.

Member of Loyola University Chicago Landscape and LUREC land use committees.


Courses Taught

UCSF137 The Scientific Basis of Environmental Issues

HONR204 Environmental Sustainability


Selected Recent Publications:

Edited Volumes:

Keller RP, M Cadotte & G Sandiford. Invasive Species in a Globalized World. In Review.

Keller RP, DM Lodge, M Lewis & J Shogren. 2009. Bioeconomics of Invasive Species: Integrating Ecology, Economics, Policy and Management. Oxford University Press.

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles:

Keller RP & C Perrings. 2011. International policy options for reducing the environmental impacts of invasive species. BioScience 61:1005-1012.

Springborn M, CM Romagosa & RP Keller. 2011. The value of nonindigenous species risk assessment in international trade. Ecological Economics. 70:2145-2153.

Keller RP, J Geist, JM Jeschke & I Kühn. 2011. Invasive species in Europe: ecology, status and policy. Environmental Sciences Europe 23:23.

Keller RP, D Kocev & S Džeroski. 2011. Trait-based risk assessment for invasive species: high performance across diverse taxonomic groups, geographic ranges and machine learning/statistical tools. Diversity and Distributions. 17:451-461.

Keller RP, JM Drake, M Drew & DM Lodge. 2011. Linking Environmental Conditions and Ship Movements to Estimate Invasive Species Transport Across the Global Shipping Network. Diversity and Distributions 17:93-102.

Keller RP, PSE zu Ermgassen & D Aldridge. 2009. Vectors and timing of nonindignenous freshwater species establishment in Great Britain. Conservation Biology 23:1526-1534.

Keller RP, K Frang & DM Lodge. 2008. Preventing the spread of invasive species: intervention guided by ecological predictions leads to economic benefits. Conservation Biology 22:80-88.

Keller RP, DM Lodge & DC Finnoff. 2007. Risk assessment for invasive species produces net bioeconomic benefits. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 104:203-207.

Keller RP & DM Lodge. 2007. Species invasions from commerce in live aquatic organisms – problems and possible solutions. BioScience 57:428-436.

Keller RP, JM Drake & DM Lodge. 2007. Fecundity as a basis for risk assessment of nonindigenous molluscs. Conservation Biology 21:191-200.


Institute of Environmental Sustainability
Loyola University Chicago · 1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660 · Phone: 773-508-2130 · IES@luc.edu

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