Biology Professor Garners International Recognition

Every day our quality professors bring a high-level of practical expertise into the classroom. Through their innovative research, diverse professional experiences, and unique ability to bridge the gap between theoretical ideas and specific concepts, students are well-prepared for their future careers.

In the School of Applied Sciences, Justin Compton, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., recently received full certification from The Wildlife Society, an international non-profit scientific and educational association dedicated to excellence in wildlife stewardship. For more than a decade, Compton participated in a selective, peer-review evaluation to become a Certified Wildlife Biologist.

Interdisciplinary learning

“My interest in wildlife has changed over the years as I have grown,” he said. “When I was younger, it was all about being in the field and going to wild places, now it’s about being interdisciplinary. I enjoy understanding how my work can play a role in the communities in which I live.”

In the classroom, Compton incorporates his research, blending interdisciplinary instruction with professional preparation. Some courses, such as Biology of Organisms and Ecological issues, naturally lend themselves to classroom learning with real-world experience, while others present more of a challenge. In sharing his field experience with students, Compton stays enthused and excited as a lifelong learner.

Student success & responsibility

“My advice for all students is to pursue what you love,” he concluded. “As an undergraduate, I worked for a professor for three years and, each year, acquired more knowledge and responsibility. Become an expert in your field and always find a way to better yourself.”