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Dr. Matt Chumchal

Matt Chumchal
Professor and Director of the Pre-Health Professions Institute Direct: 817.257.6440
BS Southwestern University, 2001 MS Texas Christian University, 2003 Ph.D. University of Oklahoma, 2007
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Research Interests

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I am an ecologist interested in the interactions between ecological and human systems.  Since earning a PhD in 2007 at the University of Oklahoma, my research has primarily focused on mercury contamination in the environment.  Recent areas of interest include the trophic transfer of mercury in food webs and factors that lead to spatial variation in the mercury contamination of organisms at a variety of scales.  I have used both experimental and field survey approaches to study mercury contamination in wetlands, lakes, rivers, estuaries and the Gulf of Mexico. I am highly collaborative and work with faculty at TCU and other universities. At TCU, I have had a longstanding collaboration with Dr. Ray Drenner, and we collaborate on research projects and serve as co-advisors of undergraduate and graduate students that work in our lab on mercury contamination of the environment.  Please visit our Aquatic Ecology Lab website:

Teaching Responsibilities

My primary teaching responsibilities for the fall semester are Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (CVA) (BIOL 30404) and participation in Ecology and the Environment (BIOL 30403) a team-taught course.

Service Responsibilities

I am Director of the Pre-Health Institute and Chair of the Health Professions Advisory Committee.  The Pre-Health Institute supports students interested in entering medical, dental, physician assistant, veterinary, optometry, pharmacy, podiatry and public health graduate programs through academic and professional advising, letters of recommendation and by providing experiential learning opportunities.  Please visit the Pre-Health Institute website and facebook page for more information. and