Associate ProfessorNatural & Applied Sciences
Ph.D., Plant Biology, University of New Hampshire
M.S., Plant Biology, University of New Hampshire
B.S., Ornamental Horticulture, California State Polytechnic University
A.A., Medical Lab Assistant, Saint Paul Technical Vocational Institute
Professor Thompson finds teaching both inspiring, satisfying and enjoys her interactions with students and learning with them. “The fields of science and biology keep changing so I have to continue to learn too. I take my students to professional conferences and symposia and I’m involved with our student organization on campus.”
For anyone planning to enter the field, Thompson advises to have an open mind, be ready to work seven days a week and to enjoy what you do. For her, teaching gives her the satisfaction of knowing she can make a difference in a students’ life.
Among her career highlights are having served on the Lamprey River Water Management Planning Advisory Committee and Southeast Watershed Alliance, teaching high school students how to identify native versus invasive aquatic plants in the summer and as the advisor to the Mount Ida College Student Activists For Environmental Sustainability student organization.
Professor Thompson has postdoctoral training in fluorescent microscopy and mating studies of wood decay fungi. At our college she teaches Biology of Cells, Biology of Organisms, Senior Research Project, Plants & Civilization, Health Issue & Concerns, Women & Science, and The Biology of Human Nutrition