Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

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Reuben P. Keller, PhD

Title/s: Associate Professor

Specialty Area: Freshwater Ecology, Invasive Species, Bioeconomics

Office #: BVM Hall 401

Phone: 773.508.2952

E-mail: rkeller1@luc.edu

CV Link: Keller CV


Reuben Keller has been on faculty in the Department of Environmental Science since August, 2011. Prior to this, he held the Henry Chandler Cowles lectureship (2009–2011) in the Program on the Global Environment at the University of Chicago. Post-doctoral and research positions before this were at the University of Notre Dame (2007–2009) and Cambridge University (2006–2007). Keller completed his PhD in David Lodge’s lab at the University of Notre Dame (2001–2006). He grew up in Australia, and became interested in freshwater ecology and invasive species during his undergraduate degrees at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia), and especially while working in Professor Sam Lake’s lab.


  • BA/BSc(Hons) Monash University Australia
  • PhD (Ecology) University of Notre Dame

Research Interests

Keller is interested in the ecological, economic and social causes and consequences of species invasions. One main focus of his research is the development of risk assessment tools for predicting the identity of species that are likely to become invasive if they are spread beyond their native range. Presently, he's working as part of a large project to produce such risk assessment tools for all aquatic taxa currently being introduced to the Laurentian Great Lakes Basin through trade. Additionally, he is working with economist collaborators to calculate the economic benefits from removing these invasive species from trade. Another ongoing project is investigating the implications of invasive species for international environmental justice.

Keller spends a lot of time meeting and working with policy-makers at the city, state, regional and national levels to ensure that his research addresses important questions, and that his results are communicated to those who can use them.

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Associate editor of journal Diversity and Distributions
  • External reviewer for Shedd Aquarium research proposals
  • Member of Loyola University Chicago Landscape and LUREC land use committees

Courses Taught

  • UCSF 137 The Scientific Basis of Environmental Issues
  • HONR 204 Environmental Sustainability

Selected Publications

Edited Volumes:

Keller RP, M Cadotte & G Sandiford. Invasive Species in a Globalized World. In Review.

Keller RP, DM Lodge, M Lewis & J Shogren. 2009. Bioeconomics of Invasive Species: Integrating Ecology, Economics, Policy and Management. Oxford University Press.

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles:

Keller RP & C Perrings. 2011. International policy options for reducing the environmental impacts of invasive species. BioScience 61:1005–1012.

Springborn M, CM Romagosa & RP Keller. 2011. The value of non-indigenous species risk assessment in international trade. Ecological Economics. 70:2145–2153.

Keller RP, J Geist, JM Jeschke & I Kühn. 2011. Invasive species in Europe: ecology, status and policy. Environmental Sciences Europe 23:23.

Keller RP, D Kocev & S D┼żeroski. 2011. Trait-based risk assessment for invasive species: high performance across diverse taxonomic groups, geographic ranges and machine learning/statistical tools. Diversity and Distributions. 17:451–461.

Keller RP, JM Drake, M Drew & DM Lodge. 2011. Linking Environmental Conditions and Ship Movements to Estimate Invasive Species Transport Across the Global Shipping Network. Diversity and Distributions 17:93–102.

Keller RP, PSE zu Ermgassen & D Aldridge. 2009. Vectors and timing of non-indigenous freshwater species establishment in Great Britain. Conservation Biology 23:1526–1534.

Keller RP, K Frang & DM Lodge. 2008. Preventing the spread of invasive species: intervention guided by ecological predictions leads to economic benefits. Conservation Biology 22:80–88.

Keller RP, DM Lodge & DC Finnoff. 2007. Risk assessment for invasive species produces net bioeconomic benefits. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 104:203–207.

Keller RP & DM Lodge. 2007. Species invasions from commerce in live aquatic organisms—problems and possible solutions. BioScience 57:428–436.

Keller RP, JM Drake & DM Lodge. 2007. Fecundity as a basis for risk assessment of non-indigenous molluscs. Conservation Biology 21:191–200.