Biology Professor Garners International Recognition
November 19, 2012
Dr. Justin Compton taking blood samples and fitting a radio-collar on a raccoon.
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 Arts & Sciences, Dr. Justin Compton, Assistant Professor of Biology, 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.
“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, Dr. Compton incorporates his research, blending liberal arts 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.”
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