Faculty & Staff Profile
MS, Biology/Ecology, Utah State University
Robert joined the Rowland Hall faculty in 2005. He has a BA in biology from Lewis and Clark College and an MS in biology/ecology from Utah State University. Prior to coming to Rowland Hall, Robert studied migratory birds and taught biology at Utah State University and Westminster College. He continues his work with migratory birds, and his classes participate in eBird, a citizen science program from the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. In 2010, Robert participated in the SEPT program at MIT and was one of 24 educators from around the country sent by Toyota Motors to the Galapagos Islands. In 2016, he joined a team of scientists and educators to study climate change in Denali National Park. Robert is currently collaborating with the Genetics Learning Center at the University of Utah to promote and develop an evolution unit. Robert is a partner with the APPLES climate science and education team based at UC Davis. Robert also serves as a science advisor to Utah Open Lands, Summit Land Conservancy, Friends of Great Salt Lake, Great Salt Lake Audubon, and various environmental consultants.
As Coordinator of Climate Studies, Robert has created a Climate Science class in the Upper School with an emphasis on independent climate research and climate action for students. Robert works with his students to evaluate the school's carbon footprint and reduce it. He helps students contact climate scientists and other professionals to help students conduct their own research and pursue their own climate action.
In 2013, Rob and his wife Elizabeth welcomed their first child, Violet Jane.
Rob was the recipient of the Upper School's 2017 Sumner Family Excellence in Teaching Award.