Terence M. Farrell
Professor of Biology
I was born in Morristown, New Jersey in 1958 and caught ringneck snakes and redback salamanders in my backyard a few years later. I received a B.S. degree in Biology from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. I went to graduate school at Oregon State University where I obtained a Ph.D. in Zoology and then did postdoctoral work at Stanford University for two years. Since 1989 I have been a faculty member at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. I teach Ecology, Biostatistics, Invertebrate Zoology and Environmental Biology. For the much of the last 16 years I have studied the field biology of pigmy rattlesnakes and box turtles with Dr. Peter May and a dedicated group of Stetson students. More than of dozen of these students have published their work. We recently started studying exotic catfish and aquatic turtles in a local spring.
I spent four years as chair of the Biology Department and for the last eight years I have chaired Stetson’s Committee on the Natural Sciences. AS part of this effort I oversaw a 2.5 million dollar instrumentation grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education and I am now acting as the faculty shepherd on new science center project. This project is scheduled for completion in December of 2008.