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Shannon Rapp

Senior Lecturer and Lab Prep Assistant


  • MNS, Southeast Missouri State University, 2006
  • BS, Southeast Missouri State University, 2003

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Life Science
  • Plant Biology
  • Field Ecology

Research Area/ Scholarly Interest:

I am interested in how animals make decisions about searching for food and why and when they make the decision to stop foraging. This is usually defined as patch leaving, and it can be measured by determining the food remaining in a patch at the moment the animal chooses to leave the food patch. This amount of food “given up” is called the giving-up density, or GUD. By comparing the GUDs of different habitats or different animals, we can make conclusions about the effectiveness of the animal and the safeness of the patch location.

I also serve as the department's Lab Prep Assistant, Greenhouse manager, and Supervisor for our work-study students. Current or prospective work-study students may contact me about working in one of these areas.

Please visit my site for more info: http://www.shannonrapplab.org.

Professional Memberships:

  • Beta Beta Beta Honor Society, Iota Delta Alpha Chapter
  • Missouri Department of Conservation Master Naturalist


2014 - From GPS and Google Maps to Spatial Computing, Coursera & University of Minnesota
2014 - American Red Cross CPR and First Aid
2014 - Flinn Scientific Lab Manager Safety Certification
2013 - Safe Zone, Fontbonne LGBT Allies for Respect and Equality
2007 - Boy Scouts of America Merit Badge Counselor - Environmental Science, Mammal Study, Plant Science, Fish & Wildlife Conservation

Contact Information:

            Email address: srapp@fontbonne.edu

            Phone: 314-889-4532

            Office: AB322

            On Twitter: @srapp707

Faculty Fun Fact: You might also see me in one of your classes. I have taken courses in sewing and statistics, and look forward to new opportunities!

In the media:

Zombie Camp! Summer 2013

Monsanto Visits Fontbonne Greenhouse