Dr. Fredric Govedich began studying leeches while an undergrad student but soon was intrigued by the lack of research of available. Dr. Govedich is now one of a few experts on these under-studied species. For twelve years, he has been able to share his knowledge of invertebrate with students here at SUU.
Associate Professor, Department Chair
How long have you been working at SUU?
Where did you grow up?
Where did you attend college and what did you study?
-Associate of General Studies with a Biology/Science focus at Yavapai College
-Bachelor’s in Biology, Limnology/Aquatic Ecology from Northern Arizona University
-Master’s in Biology, Limnology/Aquatic Ecology, Evolution, Population Genetics of Leeches from Northern Arizona University
-Doctorate in Biology, Evolution, Systematics and Ecology from Monash University
Where did you work before coming to SUU/do you work somewhere else in this field?
I did two post-docs on the evolution of parental care of leeches Monash and NAU.
What do you feel is the most interesting thing about your field?
Discovering new animals (species) and unique behaviors (parental care in leeches).
Favorite thing to teach about your subject?
The diversity, complexity and beauty of invertebrate.
Why do you love your field?
I love inspiring students to learn about things that they had no idea existed. 99% of animals are invertebrates, but many people do not even know that they are animals.
What has been your proudest moment working at SUU?
Having students succeed in getting into graduate school, publish papers, etc.
What is one thing you wish to tell every student in your class?
Do what you love, find what inspires you.
Being able to work closely with students. At SUU our students are part of the family!