Alison Varty

Alison Varty

MY JOB: I teach Introduction to Life Science (BIO 1000), General Biology I and II (BIO 2100 and 2200), Environmental Science (ENVS 1002), Field Natural History (BIO 1600) and Environmental Principles (BIO 1400) at COS.

I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of Michigan’s Residential College.  In 2005, I earned a Master of Science degree in Botany from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I focused my studies on restoration ecology.

TEACHING BACKGROUND: I taught children and adults while working at various environmental education organizations in Vermont, Michigan, and Maine.  I’ve also helped teach General Ecology courses at the University of Michigan’s Biological Station and taught General Botany laboratories throughout graduate school.  While at Loyola University Chicago, taught General Ecology as well as several interdisciplinary Sustainability courses while initiating Loyola’s Solutions to Environmental Problems program.

OTHER: I enjoy conducting plant ecology research and I also have academic interests in the growing sustainability movement in higher education.