Mike C. John (2009)

From a “Focus on Ecologists” maintained by the ESA Education Office about 2009-2011.

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Full Name Mike C. John
Degree PhD
Job Position Associate Professor
Organization Bethune-Cookman College
Department Biology Department of Science and Mathematics
Professional Affiliation Academic
Briefly describe your job path. During my undergraduate years, I was influenced into taking ecology courses by a professor who envisioned ecological pursuits as becoming increasingly important as human intervene and damage the environment.
Who or what inspired you to become a scientist (or other profession)? Learning about the abrupt disappearance of plant and animal species with the introduction of pesticides and other toxins into the environment. My botany professor.
What is the most valuable advice a mentor gave you or that you would offer to someone who’d like to do the same job as you? When approached by students facing difficulties, I repeat my mother`s famous maxim “no cross, no crown”. Difficulties disappear with this in mind. I was trained in plant and animal biology, and teach general biology, comparative vertebrate anatomy and ecology.
Follow your passion, foster the message of ecology, and let us a global family preserve what is left of our planet.

 

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