The School of Arts and Sciences
Full Name: Peggy E. VanArman
Professor of Biology
B.S., M.S., Florida Atlantic University; Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University.
Dr. VanArman conducted dissertation research on biology and ecology of crayfish in relation to Everglades restoration. She has taught in Christian higher education since 1984, and has served as advisor to the PBA Science Club since 1989, when she joined PBA as a full-time faculty member. She is a member of the International Association of Astacologists, Sigma Xi Research Society, Florida Academy of Sciences, Florida Association of Environmental Professionals, American Association of University Women, International Science Fair Review (INTEL) and is listed in Marquis Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who of American Teachers and the Register of American Malacologists. She is the past president of the “Friends” Board of Directors, a non-profit organization that supports the Gale Environmental Science and Technology Academy at Forest Hill Community High School and is a member of the advisory board of the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation. Dr. VanArman actively participates in educational and applied environmental activities; she has been a review panelist for the Pathfinder Awards science scholarships and a judge for the Envirothon Science Fair, and has served on other scholarship selection committees and community service projects as well. Dr. VanArman has also sponsored a “women’s issues in science” study group. She has published articles in Waterway Times, the Hillsborough College Ecosystem Restoration conference proceedings, the Florida Academy of Science conference abstracts, Florida Scientist, Crayfish News and has co-authored a case study review regarding Everglades restoration that is available on the McGraw-Hill-Cunningham-Saigo publishers website. Dr. VanArman was awarded two quality initiative grants from Palm Beach Atlantic for a comparative study of mandibles, gastric mills and stomach teeth of two species of native Everglades crayfish (2008). In 2012, the study was focused on nutrients (C, N, P) in old-growth pond apple swamps (Annona glabra) on Torry Island, Belle Glade, Florida, and in Lake Okeechobee. Dr. VanArman has been awarded two directors awards for environmental contributions to the community by the Florida Association of Environmental Professionals: one to the PBA Science Club in 2000 and one individual award in 2004. She was the recipient of the Charles and Hazel Corts Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2005, the Conservation Co-heart award by Grassy Waters Nature Preserve in 2006, and the Environmental Stewardship award by the “Friends” of the Gale Academy in 2009.