The School of Arts and Sciences
Full Name: Thomas Chesnes
Professor of Biology
B.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of Florida.
Dr. Chesnes specializes in estuarine and field biology. He has worked in estuaries
and salt marshes throughout the southeastern United States, studying vertebrate, invertebrate
and plant species. He is a member of the Estuarine Research Federation, the Southeastern
Estuarine Research Society and the Florida Academy of Sciences. 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 and religion.
He is the primary instructor for Environment and Society, Natural History of the Everglades
Watershed, Field Biology, and Senior Research Project. He has collaborated and coauthored
works with undergraduate students in research, resulting in a number of peer reviewed
publications and professional presentations. He has recently published articles appearing
in Florida Sportsman, Florida Scientist, Christian Scholars Review, and North American
Journal of Fisheries Management. He and Dr. Samuel Joeckel are co-editors of The
Christian College Phenomenon: Inside America’s Fastest Growing Institutions of Higher
Learning (Abilene Christian University Press).