Catherine N. Duckett, Ph.D.
I am very happy to serve Monmouth in the capacity of Associate Dean of the School of Science. I am presently tasked with multiple responsibilities by the Dean, including but not limited to supporting student and faculty research, fund raising and grant writing and marketing the School of Science initiatives outside the University. As my experience at Monmouth grows I will certainly assume new roles. I hope to help students and faculty advance their education and the Monmouth mission to the best of my abilities; please come to see me if you think there is something I can do to help.
I am an Entomologist by training; I received my doctorate from Cornell in 1993. After a brief post-doctoral stint in Japan, I began an eight-year sojourn in Puerto Rico where I taught introductory Biology, Zoology and Entomology and established a research program that included training students in scientific illustration. In 2002 I took an NSF fellowship researching the evolution and taxonomy of flea beetles, Chrysomelidae, a position split between Rutgers and Smithsonian. Afterwards I became involved in academic administration and fundraising, most recently as a consultant. However, I also served as Associate Director of the Office of Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics and Program Manager at Ocean Biogeographic Information System, both at Rutgers. If you are interested in knowing more about my professional development, the story of how I became a scientist was published as part of an initiative to get female scientists to write about why they became a scientist. My story is reprinted here. I am a long time New Jersey resident who is happy to live in New Jersey and proud to be working in Monmouth County again. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, gardening, exploring NJ and spoiling my cats.