David M. Koester

David Koester, Ph.D. is currently a Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of New England.  He received a BA in Zoology from Miami University, a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Delaware, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pittsburgh.  After many years in the Anatomy Department in the College of Osteopathic Medicine at UNE, Dave took a position in the Department of Biology.  Over the years he has taught Human Gross Anatomy (full dissection course), Histology, Human Embryology, and Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy.  He currently teaches Introductory Biology courses in Ecology/Evolution and Cell/Molecular Biology to undergraduate biology majors in the College of Arts and Sciences and Human Anatomy to students in the Doctoral Physical Therapy Program in the Westbrook College of Health Professions.   



Miami University



University of Delaware



Vertebrate anatomy

human embryology

biology of sharks


and rays


Current Research

Anatomy of the pelvic fin of skates including muscle fiber typing; the immune system of skates; development of the electric organ of skates.

Research Interests

Functional morphology of vertebrates with emphasis on the anatomy and development of the electric organs of skates; pelvic fin locomotion in skates

Selected Publications

"Anatomy and Motor Pathways of the Electric Organ of Skates," The Anatomical Record 273A:648-662 (2003). "Punting: An Unusual Mode of Locomotion in the Little Skate Leucoraja erinacea (Chondrichthyes: Rajidae),"Copeia 2003(3):553-561.

David Koester

David M. Koester




Biddeford Campus

Morgane Hall


(207) 602-2207

On Campus
Teaching Online