I am an entomologist, lab manager, and a mother of two, who is currently working at the Academy of Natural Sciences in the Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Lab at the Patrick Center for Environmental Research with Dr. Stefanie Kroll. 

I studied freshwater ecology for my Bachelors of Science degree at West Chester University. In 2009, I received my Master's degree in Environmental Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. My Capstone looked at DNA barcoding and Macroinvertebrate sampling to assess water quality in freshwater streams. 

I am an active member of my community, utilizing STEM outreach activities to bring my love of insects to under-resourced children in the greater Philadelphia area with my 500 Women Scientists Philly Pod.

I was a member of the National Leadership Board of 500 Women Scientists from 2017 to 2020, where I help to organize over 300 global Pods. 

My husband and partner of over 20 years, Tim James, is the owner and operator of the Langhorne Coffee House

Tanya Dapkey standing next to a poster for Start Talking Science Poster Session



Aquatic Macroinvertebrates

How do insects help us understand water quality?


University of Pennsylvania

Masters Degree in Environmental Studies

Capstone:  Combining DNA Barcoding and Macroinvertebrate Sampling to Assess Water Quality

BioBlitzes & Moth Nights

I have participated and organized over 15 events focused on cataloging insects

2000 - 2003

West Chester University

Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology

Focus on aquatic ecosystems and ecology