I have been fascinated by all areas of science from a young age and was an undergraduate student in biological science at ETBC (I was here before U!). I completed my graduate studies at Texas A&M University with a Master’s degree in Plant Pathology and Microbiology and a Ph.D. in Zoology. My research involved bacteria as biological control agents in oak trees then the interaction of melatonin within the avian circadian system.
I began my teaching career as a secondary school science and math instructor before entering graduate school. It was then that I received God’s calling for teaching in Christian higher education. In higher education, I have been an Instructor of Anatomy at Texas A&M University, Assistant Professor of Biology at LeTourneau University and Ouachita Baptist University, and Associate Professor of Biology at ETBU. I have been involved with advising students for the health professions since beginning my career and currently serve as assistant coordinator for health profession advising at ETBU.
While most science students where I have taught were looking for health professions, many have headed toward research and graduate school. I have a range of undergraduate research interests which include surveys of local bat populations, anatomy and physiology of the avian circadian system, and protective effects of melatonin on ethanol induced damage to embryos. I love to talk to students about the opportunities with a biology career in the health professions and in the area of research.
My family serves at Mobberly Baptist Church in Longview where my wife is the Associate Children’s Minister over preteens. I serve as a media technician and teacher in the preteen department as well as a deacon in the church.
"When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him?" Psalms 8:3, 4.
"For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well." Psalms 135:13, 14.