Mike C. John (2009)
From a “Focus on Ecologists” maintained by the ESA Education Office about 2009-2011.
|Full Name||Mike C. John|
|Job Position||Associate Professor|
|Department||Biology Department of Science and Mathematics|
|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.