Sean Beckmann

Sean Beckmann

Assistant Professor of Biology

I am passionate about engaging and educating students both in and out of the classroom. Whether in a lecture, laboratory, field site, or during a chat in my office I relish the opportunity to find a student's passion and interests and help foster those. Not every student is going to become a research biologist, but everyone can utilize science in their own lives. By helping them understand biological concepts and apply them to their own real world experiences I hope to help foster a love of biology and a scientific curiosity in every student with whom I interact.

  • PhD, Biology, University of Miami
  • BS, Biology, Stetson University


Course Sampling

  • General Physiology
  • Mammalogy
  • Biostatistics
  • Introductory Biology I and II

Areas of Expertise

  • Mammalogy
  • Disease Ecology
  • Molecular Ecology
  • Population Genetics
  • Phylogeography


Growing up Dr. Beckmann enjoyed science and nature and always wanted to be a veterinarian. While a student at Stetson University he had the opportunity to engage in projects and internships that introduced him to field biology and research. This changed his trajectory to pursue a career in research. While in graduate school at the University of Miami he had the opportunity to teach a number of classes and engage a number of undergraduates in his research on phylogeography of small mammals. This experience drove him to pursue a career in undergraduate education and research. Prior to coming to Stetson University, he spent several years teaching and conducting research with undergraduates at another liberal arts university. His work with students has resulted in numerous conference presentations, posters, and publications with former students.


  • Small mammal population and community ecology
  • Ecology of arthropod-borne diseases and their reservoirs
  • Effects of habitat alteration on genetic variation


  • Beckmann, S., Freund, R., Pehl, H., Rodgers, A., and Venegas, T. (2019) Rodent Species as Potential Reservoirs of Borrelia burgdorferi in a Prairie Ecosystem, Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases, 10:1162-1169.
  • Beckmann, S., Engelbrecht, M., Chavez, F, and Rojas, G. Presence and Prevalence of Bartonella spp. Among Prairie Rodents in Northern Illinois; in review, Journal of Mammalogy, October 2018