Science Department Chair, Master Teacher, Volleyball Coach - Appointed 1997
- M.S. Zoology, University of Vermont
- ABD (PhD Evolutionary Biology), Vanderbilt University
- B.S. in Biology, Hobart College
Activities in College
Honors and Awards
- Science Teacher of the Year, Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering, 2012
- Best Student Paper, American Society of Zoologists annual meeting, Vancouver, BC, 1992
Best VCS Moment
Watching Sarah Mueller (’12) and Shana Wolfstein (’11) present their system dynamic model of Whirling Disease in trout to the faculty of the graduate program in Ecology at Montana State University, seven months after they had won VCS’s third straight State Championship in Volleyball.
“UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing’s going to get better. It’s not.” —The Lorax, Dr. Seuss
Interests and Hobbies
Traveling with my wife, volleyball, and woodcarving.
Growing up in the backwoods of southern Maine gave me a life-long love of the outdoors and started my fascination with animals. I spent most of my high school years in the swimming pool, on the local YMCA team. Throughout my academic career, I became more and more convinced that the strict compartmentalization that was the accepted standard throughout academia was not capable of producing naturalists. While some superb naturalists have come from that very system, I believe that it is the exception, not the rule, that scientists establish the personal connection with their local ecosystems that is the hallmark of a naturalist. At the same time, while swimming in college, and then coaching high school and YMCA swimming, I began to see how important it was for young student-athletes to have healthy competition in their lives, particularly in a co-ed environment. Having an opportunity to shape the science & athletics mission statements when the school first started was one of the main reasons I came to VCS. With the help of my wife, the VCS faculty, and every class & team I’ve been associated with, those mission statements have evolved into ideals that I believe are realistic, necessary, and a model for any small school