Eric Westhus, PhD

Eric J. Westhus, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Center for Outcomes Research
Family & Community Medicine, School of Medicine (Secondary Appointment)

Campus Contact Information:
Center for Outcomes Research
3545 Lafayette Ave, Salus Center
St. Louis, MO 63014
Office: 314-977-9435

Family & Community Medicine
1402 South Grand Boulevard
O'Donnell Hall, 2nd Floor
St. Louis, MO 63014
Office: 314-977-8402 

BS Biology, Hope College 1998
MS(R) Biology, Saint Louis University 2001
PhD Integrated & Applied Sciences: Biometry, Saint Louis University 2012

Research Interests:
My research interests are interdisciplinary and collaborative, revolving around developing quantitative methods for studying the interaction between ecological processes and human health.

About Dr. Westhus:
Dr. Westhus began his career as a field biologist and GIS technician with the environmental consulting company MACTEC (now AMEC). He has served as a data manager for the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, IL. As a graduate student in Saint Louis University's Integrated and Applied Sciences program, he used data from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to model mosquito population dynamics. He has also coauthored several papers on pollination ecology. He began teaching biostatistics as a TA for the Department of Biology at SLU, and has gone on to teach at the University of Missouri -- St. Louis, Washington University in St. Louis, and the Center for Outcomes Research at SLU. He has lead several workshops on the R statistical programming language.

Edens-Meier, R., R.A. Raguso, E. Westhus, and P. Bernhardt. 2014. Floral fradulence: Do blue Thelymitra species (Orchidaceae) mimic Orthosanthus laxus (Iridaceae)? Telopea 17: 15-28.
Edens-Meier, R., E. Westhus, and P. Bernhardt. 2013. Floral biology of large-flowered Thelymitra species (Orchidaceae) and their hybrids in Western Australia. Telopea, 15: 165-183.
Edens-Meier, R.M., M. Joseph, M. Arduser, E. Westhus, and P. Bernhardt. 2011. The pollination biology of an annual endemic herb, Physaria filiformis (Brassicaceae), in the Missouri Ozarks following controlled burns. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society, 138: 287-297.
Edens-Meier, R.M., M. Arduser, E. Westhus, and P. Bernhardt. 2011. Pollination Ecology of Cypripedium reginae Walter (Orchidaceae): Size matters. Telopea, 13: 327-340.
Edens-Meier, R.M., N. Vance, L. Yi-Bo, L. Peng, E.J. Westhus, and P. Bernhardt. 2010. Pollen-pistil interactions in North American and Chinese Cypripedium L. (Orchidaceae). International Journal of Plant Sciences, 171:370-381.
Margulis, S.W. and E.J. Westhus. 2008. Evaluation of different observational sampling regimes for use in zoological parks. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 110:363-376.


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