- Gary Reiness
I’m a population biologist, and I work in the areas of ecology, evolution, and conservation biology. I teach and advise students in both Biology and Environmental Studies. I have undergraduate degrees in botany and in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, and a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University. I joined the faculty of Lewis & Clark College in 1995, after 15 years at Pomona College. For more information about my professional background, see my vita.
Nature is my inspiration, and I’m constantly asking “why” about the things that I see in the natural world. That’s why I became a population biologist who studies evolution, ecology, and conservation biology, particularly of terrestrial plants and insects. My research spans questions like how organismal traits evolve, what factors make populations change in size, and how humans can successfully coexist with wild species. I’ve worked in eastern U.S. deciduous forests, the alpine meadows of Colorado, tropical habitats in Costa Rica, and here in the Pacific Northwest.
My courses reflect these interests. My goal as a teacher is to foster my own students’ biological interests, their skills in scientific and quantitative reasoning and effective oral and written communication, and their confidence. In addition to being a member of the Biology Department, I also serve as a faculty member in the Environmental Studies program.