Mary Poffenroth

Lecturer, Biological Sciences

“In a single year, I can reach nearly 2,000 students.”

Her family’s first college graduate, Poffenroth,’06 MS Biological Sciences, understands educational challenges. It wasn’t until she began graduate studies in conservation ecology that she felt “she was on the right path.” Now she’s eaten her weight in olives in Spain, stepped over cobras in Morocco and gazed upon the Adriatic Sea during a cyclone in Croatia. “Science made all that possible,” she says. As a teacher, she generates a similar excitement about science in her students. “My class may be one of the few opportunities they have to learn about such vital topics as global climate change, sustainability and human biology.”

Department: Biological Sciences
Faculty website
College: College of Science

Photo: Thomas Sanders, ’15 MFA Photography

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