Laboratory Instructor in Biology and Environmental Studies
Druckenmiller Hall - 224A
Nathaniel Thoreau Wheelwright Shana Stewart Deeds
Study of the behavior of animals and plants, and the interactions between organisms and their environment. Topics include population growth and structure, and the influence of competition, predation, and other factors on the behavior, abundance, and distribution of plants and animals. Laboratory sessions, field trips, and research projects emphasize concepts in ecology, evolution and behavior, research techniques, and the natural history of local plants and animals. Optional field trip to the Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island.
Whenever possible, Shana tries to get out in the field to explore Maine’s ecology with Bowdoin students. Her predominant course load includes BIOL 2315 - Behavioral Ecology and Population Biology with Nat Wheelwright and ENVS 2201 - Perspectives in Environmental Science with Phil Camill and Dharni Vasudevan.
Before coming to Maine, Shana lived in Vermont where she taught biology and environmental science courses and coordinated the efforts to get the Missisquoi and Trout Rivers nationally designated as Wild and Scenic Rivers – the first designated rivers in the state (www.vtwsr.org). Her career interests have always centered on ecology and education, with particular interests in amphibians and reptiles, water quality and agriculture. Her diverse jobs have taken her from farming in Purcellville, VA to conducting ecological surveys with the PA Natural Heritage Program, and from researching river resources in VT to educating students at Smokey House Center (a VT alternative education program).