Christopher A. Binckley is a community ecologist. His research generally focuses on how biodiversity patterns are generated in aquatic ecosystems. Past projects examined how predators and forest canopy coverage affected amphibian and aquatic insect diversity in wetlands, and how productivity, land-use, and hydrologic gradients interacted to affect fish and salamander populations inhabiting headwater streams. Dr. Binckley expanded his research program at Arcadia with students who are investigating how biopesticides, invasive plants and introduced fish predators affect Asian tiger mosquito populations, and how urbanization affects stream salamanders.
His primary teaching goal is for students to attain lasting understanding of concepts by encouraging them to ask questions and develop their own research projects. He believes strongly in the substantial involvement of undergraduates in both basic and applied research so to be intimately involved in science.