Stephen Conrad, MS, PhD

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Dr. Stephen Conrad joined the IWU faculty in the fall of 2000 after serving for three years as an assistant professor of Biology at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri. His focus on the outdoors lead him to Missouri as he studied vertebrate animals of the Ozarks region after completing his PhD in Ecology from Indiana State University. While in Missouri his students studied mammals, fish and herptiles while he directed students in individual research of species common in the Ozarks. Dr. Conrad has an interest and background in vertebrate species of Indiana. As a trained ecologist and a native “Hoosier” his interests lie in the natural areas of Indiana and is energized as he introduces students to natural areas of Indiana through many field trips exploring the wonders of Indiana.

His research students have been involved in deer behavior, woodpecker foraging, bird surveys, fish surveys, camera surveys for state endangered swamp rabbits, squirrel relocation, nest box inhabitants, efficacy of parasite medicines and determining genomic differences in two closely related chickadee species.

At Indiana Wesleyan he has been involved in teaching environmental science, ecology, and integrated life science. His love of students has caused him to be involved in various local volunteer efforts to bring science to younger students in camps and annual “science night” events. His students preparing for elementary teaching exit class with materials and exercises for immediate use in the classroom.

Dr. Conrad has served as a reader and a table leader for the College Board as he has been involved in the grading of AP Environmental Science exams for nine years. On his recent sabbatical Dr. Conrad completed the yearlong “Centurion Program” and is now a certified Colson Center Fellow. He also has been developing the curriculum for an environmental science major and a major in Intercultural Biology at Indiana Wesleyan University. He is currently serving as the Coordinator of the Biology Department.