Office location: Albert C. Jacobs Life Sciences Center 223
Office phone: 860.297.2233
Gettysburg College 1966-1970, B.A., Biology, 1970.
Duke University 1970-1975, Ph.D., Botany, 1975.
Phylogenetics/systematics of tropical marine algae, primarily Rhodophyta
My goal in teaching is to help students understand the natural world by logically dissecting it, then finding out how it all fits back together. If my students can develop ways of thinking that challenge their established assumptions, then I have succeeded. I provide my classes the known information on a subject, but do not expect them to memorize these webs of information. Rather, I want the students to interpret the significance of these facts in a greater context. I allow them to make mistakes in their “logical” thinking, then use the mistakes as a platform for constructive discussion. Using these tools, I believe students truly learn the material in a useful manner, one which will carry forth well after any class they have taken with me.
Honors and Awards
- The Trustee Award for Faculty Excellence, Trinity College, 2016
- The Frank Shipley Collins Award, Northeast Algal Society, 2003
- The Distinguished Alumnus Award, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 2000
- Named the Charles A. Dana Professor of Biology, Trinity College, 1998
- The Thomas Church Brownell Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Trinity College, 1996
- The Charles A. Dana Research Prize, Trinity College, 1995
- The Gerald W. Prescott Award, Phycological Society of America, for 1991 book, Seaweeds of the Southeastern United States, Duke University Press, 1993
56th Annual Meeting of the Northeast Algal Society, April 21-23, 2017