Location: Bowdoin / Kate Farnham


Shana Stewart Deeds

Laboratory Instructor in Biology and Environmental Studies

Contact Information


Druckenmiller Hall - 224A

Teaching this semester

BIOL 2325/ENVS 2225. Biodiversity and Conservation Science, L1

People rely on nature for food, materials, medicines, and recreation, yet the fate of Earth’s biodiversity is rarely given priority among the many pressing problems facing humanity today. Explores the interactions within and among populations of plants, animals, and microorganisms, and the mechanisms by which those interactions are regulated by the physical and chemical environment. Major themes are biodiversity and the processes that maintain biodiversity, the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem function, and the science underlying conservation efforts. Laboratory sessions consist of student research, local field trips, laboratory exercises, and discussions of current and classic ecological literature.

Shana Stewart Deeds Portrait


  • M.S. from the University of Vermont (UVM) - Field Naturalist Program (Class W7), Burlington, VT
  • CCSU TAP, Teacher Apprenticeship Program, Essex Junction, VT VT Teaching Licensure (grade 5-9 Math; 5-9 Science; and 7-12 Science)
  • B.S. in Environmental Science - Allegheny College, Meadville, PA


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).