Dr. Thomas C. Wood, Director
Dr. Wood is the Director of Environmental Studies on the Piedmont, where he is currently investigating the behavioral and physiological divergent evolution of North America’s native swans (Trumpeter and Tundra Swans). He is also Associate Professor of Integrative and Interdisciplinary Studies in the New Century College at George Mason University (GMU). Here he co-directs the Conservation Studies curriculum with Andrew Wingfield. He also a Research Associate with the Smithsonian Institution and is GMU’s liaison to the Smithsonian promoting coordinated educational development, where his research interests involve assisted reproduction in mammals and Conservation Studies education reform. He serves as advisor to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Board of Regents, where he directs GMU’s joint Master’s program in Zoo and Aquarium Leadership.
Dr. Wood is actively involved in several federally funded science education reform efforts including the NSF sponsored projects SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) and PKAL (Project Kaleidoscope Faculty for the 21st Century). His course “Mysteries of Migration, Consequences for Conservation” is a national model course for science and civic engagement. Dr. Wood has received funding from the Dept. of Education Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education (FIPSE) to reform curriculum in Conservation Biology. He regularly consults with faculty teams from universities around the country, and internationally, to improve science education on their campuses.
Dr. Wood has co-developed many interdisciplinary, team-taught, learning communities focused on science and civic engagement. He serves as the Dive Control Officer of the George Mason chapter of the American Academy of Underwater Scientists and directs the scientific diving training program at GMU. He is recipient of the George Mason University Excellence in Teaching Award and frequently represents the University at national education meetings. He holds a B.S. from the University of California, Davis, a M.S. from Louisiana State University and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Public Policy from George Mason University.
Dr. Wood enjoys outdoor activities including SCUBA diving and fish identification, backpacking in the Sierras, bird watching and canoeing.