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Dr. Jennifer Clarke

Dr. Jennifer Clarke

Professor of Wildlife Biology/ Center for Natural Resource Management and Protection

Dr. Jennifer Clarke at Unity College

Dr. Clarke served as Wallace Fellow and director of undergraduate study in the Department of Brain, Behaviour and Evolution, with research focusing on animal communication, at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. She has an extensive international background in teaching and learning, as well as research, in behavioral ecology.

She earned her PhD in Zoology and Behavioral Ecology from Washington State University in Pullman, Wash.; her MA in Zoology and Behavioral Ecology from the University of Montana in Missoula, Mont,; and her BA in zoology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She taught at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo., from 1989 to 2009, becoming a Full Professor in 2002.

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Barry Woods

Barry Woods

Professor of Mathematics/ Center for Natural Resource Management and Protection

Phone: 207-509-7216
Email: bwoods@unity.edu
Office: Koons Hall, Office 120

Academic Background

MS ED, Mathematics Education State University of New York, Plattsburgh
BS, Secondary Mathematics Education State University of New York, Plattsburgh

Barry Woods began teaching at Unity College in 1976. A native New Yorker and a die-hard New York Yankees fan, Barry earned his graduate and undergraduate degrees from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, where he majored in both mathematics and education.

At Unity College, Barry teaches primarily Statistics courses. His current interest is the integration of technology into the teaching of his stats courses. From the use of hand-held calculators to computers, Barry encourages his students to be active learners and to take a proactive role in their own education.  In 1989 Barry’s faculty colleagues awarded him the first Martin A. Rosinski Award for excellence in teaching.

Off campus, Barry has served as an AP-Statistics Reader and as an educational consultant for the College of the Marshall Islands and the Northern Marianas College in Saipan.  In Maine, Barry has served on the Board of Directors for Operation Game Thief.  OGT is a  private, non-profit organization that works in cooperation with the Maine Warden Service.  OGT pays rewards, if requested, to citizens who turn in poachers; just call toll free, 1-800-ALERT-US.

My Faculty Site: http://sites.google.com/a/unity.edu/bwoods/

 

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Dr. Michael Womersley

Dr. Michael Womersley

Professor of Human Ecology/ Center for Sustainability and Global Change

Unity College Professor Dr. Michael Womersley
Phone: 207-509-7259
Email: mwomersley@unity.edu
Office: Parsons Wing, Office 203

Academic Background

PhD, Policy Studies, University of Maryland
MS, Resource Conservation, University of Montana Forestry School
BA, Biology, University of Montana
ONC 2cr (AS eq), Aeronautical Engineering, Royal Air Force College Halton

Born in northern England, Mick served in the Royal Air Force from 1978-1985 as an aircraft technician and mountain rescue specialist. He guided in Montana for two years prior to attending the University of Montana for a biology degree and a master's in Resource Conservation from the Forestry School. He then went on to the University of Maryland Policy School, where he studied under Peter G. Brown, Herman Daly, Mark Sagoff, Steve Fetter, and Carmen Reinhart, among other important academics working in the nexus between sustainability, ethics, and economics. He graduated with distinctions in normative analysis and economics in the year 2002, following successful completion of a dissertation on American religiosity and climate science acceptance. After a short stint at the University of Georgia's Institute of Ecology, Mick came to Unity College to help develop the sustainability programs in the year 2000. He teaches classes in climate change, sustainability, economics, and energy. His current research interests are in wind power assessment and mapping. Each summer he runs a field program in wind measurements to support this work, using students as crew members. He is also the faculty advisor to the Unity College Search and Rescue Team, Resource Officer for Maine Search and Rescue, and co-editor of the Royal Air Force Mountain Rescue Association's annual journal "On the Hill."

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Geologists graduating from the Unity EES program are extensively trained to interpret the physical landscape, conduct a variety of field-oriented tasks and lab work, perform quantitative analyses on field data, and share the results of their work with outside audiences.
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Dr. Kevin Spigel

Dr. Kevin Spigel

Professor of Geoscience / Director of the Center for Sustainability and Global Change/ Center for Sustainability and Global Change

Dr. Kevin Spigel, Professor of Geoscience / Director of the Center for Sustainability and Global Change
Phone: 207-509-7215
Email: kspigel@unity.edu
Office: Koons Hall, Office 115

Academic Background

PhD, Physical Geography, University of Wisconsin Madison
MS, Physical Geography, University of Wisconsin Madison
BS, Environmental Science, University of Buffalo

Kevin was born in Minnesota and after a year living in the land of 10,000 lakes moved to a small town in western New York situated in the lake effect snowbelt. The abundance of snow and surrounding mountains provided a lot of outdoor recreation opportunities including skiing and mountain biking. After graduating from high school, Kevin attended the University of Buffalo where he received degrees in Environmental Science and Physical Geography. As an undergraduate student, Kevin worked closely with his mentor as an undergraduate research assistant on two separate projects: (1) bedload transport in high shear stress environments, and (2) bedload transport under laminar flow conditions with and without simulated rainfall. These research opportunities helped shift Kevin’s career path from ski-bum to academia.

After graduating from college, Kevin attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received both his M.S. and Ph.D. in Physical Geography. Kevin also obtained a minor in Small Watershed Design and Engineering. For his M.S. work, Kevin was hired by the Forest Service as a Hydrologic Technician and spent two summers working in Montana, Idaho, Nevada, and Colorado studying the effects of wildfire on hillslope erosion. Part of this work also focused on using computer models to predict postfire erosion rates as well assess the effectiveness of different treatment/rehabilitation methods. For his Ph.D. work, Kevin expanded his interests in hillslope hydrology to include larger basins and longer time scales and began studying lake sediment cores as archives of environmental change. By studying fossil pollen, charcoal, environmental magnetics, and organic matter content Kevin was able to reconstruct environmental patterns in southern Wisconsin extending back to ~14,000 years. Lake sediment research forms the foundation for much of his current research.

At Unity College, Kevin teaches a variety of courses in the Geosciences and strives to uphold his teaching philosophy of “Learn by Doing”. In all of his courses, Kevin blends theory with application in an effort to provide students with the field, lab, and research skills needed to succeed in the real world. All of his courses have lab components to immerse students in more detail related to topics of study. Kevin emphasizes the use of quantitative analysis and widespread use of technology (computer models, GIS, data-logging) in his courses. Research opportunities in the Geosciences abound for students at Unity College. In many courses, especially upper level courses, students participate in class research projects that include studying hillslope erosion on campus and also studying the effects of precipitation on streamflow and groundwater levels. Students also participate with faculty-sponsored research outside of class on the many facets of lake sediment analysis.

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Dr. David Potter

Dr. David Potter

Professor of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences/ Center for Biodiversity

Phone: 207-509-7130
Email: dpotter@unity.edu
Office: Founders Hall South, Office 217

Academic Background

PhD Zoology, University of Montana, Missoula MT
MA Zoology, University of Montana, Missoula MT
BS Biology, Union College, Schenectady NY

David Potter's career includes graduate study of the zooplankton community in Flathead Lake in western Montana, description of primary productivity in alkaline prairie lakes east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and teaching at University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and Unity College.  His research interests include examination of introductions of exotic species especially the Mysis that significantly altered zooplankton and fish communities in Flathead Lake and the reintroduction of alewives to eutrophic Unity Pond in Central Maine.

David teaches in the biodiversity and the natural resource management and protection centers at Unity College.  His primary responsibilities are in introductory biology, fisheries, and aquatic biology.  The Unity College curriculum provides a balance of theory, conceptual study, and practical application.  To support delivery of courses Dave introduces a complement of local, regional, and national citizen science projects.  Projects for introductory students include BirdSleuth through e-Bird at Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and local projects with vernal pool amphibians and tallies of spring bird migration phenology.  Advanced science students pursue water quality monitoring in a eutrophic lake fed by perennial streams in a drainage characterized by logging and dairy farms, collection of voucher specimens for the Maine Damselfly and Dragonfly Survey (MDDS), and field sampling for state resource management agencies.  The local lake association and a regional land trust serve as community partners for student service learning projects related to nuisance algal blooms, nutrient dynamics, fish introductions, and public outreach.

Dave facilitates the student initiated White Sucker Project through ichthyology and fisheries techniques classes.  The white sucker, Catostomus commersoni, often thought to compete for food with game fish, is commercially fished in Maine for use as bait by lobster fishers.  Commercial exploitation of spawning suckers satisfies concerns that suckers compete with sportfish, but ignores the value of larval and juvenile suckers as food resources for the same sportfish.  Unity College students participate in a project to determine sucker population size, age and growth, migration distance, age at spawning, and fecundity.  The project supports study of sucker diseases and parasites, food habits, physiology, and behavior.  Fish are tagged with individually numbered tags or by fin clip at spawning and nursery sites or in the lake where most fish mature.  Preliminary results indicate suckers spawn repeatedly but on alternate years from age 9-20. 

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Benjamin Potter

Benjamin Potter

Professor of Art / Director of the Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities/ Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities

Unity College Professor Benjamin Potter, Director of the Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities
Phone: 207-509-7239
Email: bpotter@unity.edu
Office: Founders Hall South, Office 100

Academic Background

MFA, California College of the Arts
BA, Williams College

Ben Potter grew up in Sewanee TN, and both of his parents are teachers. He attended Williams College, where he double-majored in Fine Art and Biology. He also spent substantial time on the whitewater rivers of the Northeast.

After an internship with the New York Zoological Society on St. Catherine’s Island in Georgia, he decided to pursue a degree in art at the California College of the Arts in Oakland CA. After this MFA, he taught college courses in Vermont and Wisconsin before landing at Unity.

He lives in Belfast with his wife and three children, and can see the ocean in the wintertime from his house.

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Dr. Aimee Phillippi

Dr. Aimee Phillippi

Professor of Biology/ Center for Biodiversity

Phone: 207-509-7192
Email: aphillippi@unity.edu
Office: Thomashow Learning Laboratories, Office 209

Academic Background

PhD, Marine Biology, University of Maine
MS, Marine Biology, University of Massachusetts (Dartmouth)
BA, Marine Biology, Troy State University

Having grown up in the Appalachian mountains of Pennsylvania and Virginia, I became interested in how life functions in the ocean. While in college in Alabama, I knew I wanted to work with marine invertebrates and their unparalleled diversity. My MS work in Massachusetts with fouling communities allowed me to gain experience with a wide range of invertebrates and I became extremely interested in ascidians and their reproductive strategies. So I came to Maine to work on this at the Darling Marine Center for my PhD.

My research interests are broad because there is so much about biology that is fascinating. Although my degrees are all in marine biology, I really consider myself to be an evolutionary ecologist who happens to work mostly in marine systems. I am really interested in sex. The diverse strategies species use to pass on their genes is amazing. Species have evolved advanced ways of maximizing their product for the amount of energy invested. Our economic systems could benefit from studying what these species have already mastered. I am also interested in conservation biology and learning how humans can use resources responsibly, while maintaining ecosystem function.

I primarily teach first-year biology and an upper level genetics course, and really enjoy the range of these courses. Teaching a broad first-year course allows you to explore new topics and strategies, trying to inspire students. Teaching a focused, intense, upper-division course means learning something in great depth and concentration. And of course, having a student in their first semester in college and again in their last brings a sense of satisfaction in seeing their development as a scientist and scholar.

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