I grew up in South Dakota and graduated from Stanley County High School in Ft. Pierre. I earned BS and MS degrees from South Dakota State University and a PhD from Auburn University. While at Auburn, I served as a full-time Instructor for the Department of Zoology and Wildlife Sciences. After that, I was an Associate Professor at Penn State Hazleton for six years. I came to Peninsula College in 2004 as Professor of Biology and I am also Adjunct Faculty for the WWU Huxley on the Peninsulas program.
My current research program looks at population dynamics of freshwater turtles. I regularly take students on research trips – we have a trip planned for spring break this year and I am taking six PC students and three WWU students to Florida. My research team, the North American Freshwater Research Group of the Turtle Survival Alliance, has research sites in Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Costa Rica. We have been working at some of our sites since 1999. Look us up on Facebook and at turtlesurvival.org!
The students at PC are amazing! They get started here and then excel when they transfer to four-year schools. I have former students working in a wide variety of jobs across the country. I love hearing from them about their successes.
I really like the small school atmosphere at PC. At one time, at Auburn University, I was teaching two sections of Biology (200+ in one section, 70 in the other) and one section of Physiology (135 students). I had a terrible time getting to know them. I want to be on a first-name basis with each of my students. I also appreciate the diversity in age, life experience, and culture at PC.
Our students are as talented as I have experienced anywhere, the faculty are innovative and committed to excellence, the administration is forward-thinking, and the PC Foundation is the most supportive organization I have ever worked with. Go Pirates!