Faculty Details

Chesnes, Thomas

Professor of Biology




(561) 803-2394


The School of Arts and Sciences

 Thomas Chesnes earned a M.S. and Ph.D. in environmental engineering sciences and B.S. in zoology from the University of Florida.  He also received a graduate certificate in wetlands from H.T. Odum Center for Wetlands at the University of Florida.  He has worked in the field of biological and environmental science for over 25 years.  He is professor of biology at Palm Beach Atlantic University and chair of the biology department. Dr. Chesnes is trained in systems ecology and specializes in estuarine and field biology. He has worked in wetlands, estuaries, salt marshes and coastal systems throughout the southeastern United States, studying vertebrate, invertebrate and plant species.  He has researched, presented, and published work in a variety of areas including seagrass and invertebrate ecology, fisheries management, the invasive Burmese python in the Everglades, institutional sustainability, higher education, and the interface between science, faith and culture. He is the primary instructor for Environment and Society, Natural History of the Everglades Watershed, Natural History of the Galapagos, Field Biology, and Introduction to Life in the Sea. He has collaborated and coauthored works with undergraduate students in research, resulting in a number of peer reviewed publications and professional presentations.  He was the lead instructor for the marine biology summer camp at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park between 2007 and 2012 and named the Park’s 2011 Environmental Champion for his seagrass research.  In 2015, he was awarded the Charles and Hazel Corts Award for Outstanding Teaching (Professor of the Year) from Palm Beach Atlantic University.  The Gale Environmental Academy at Forest Hill High School awarded him the Environmental Star award for his work on Lake Worth Lagoon on a collaborative project between the university and high school.  He currently serves as a science advisor for Knox Theological Seminary as a part of the Science for Seminaries Phase II Project, funded through the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) program within the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).


B.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of Florida.


Biology (UG)