Michael H. Parsons

Scholar-in-Residence, Hofstra University

As an instructor of the life sciences, my goals are to promote learning of fundamental biological processes, to be adaptable to meet changing needs inside the classroom, and to promote broad, inductive thinking, so that students can apply content from the classroom into their own lives. Additionally, I emphasize the development of critical thinking and analytical reasoning—skills that could help our nation become internationally competitive in the math and sciences.

My research foci are in the area of chemical and behavioral ecology, an area that is emerging as one of the most interesting themes within the natural sciences. Sometimes referred to as ‘ecological informatics’, this discipline respects the complex milieu of chemical scent plumes that surround most living organisms in the natural environment, and the capacity of biologically meaningful scents and odors to release hard-wired behaviors that prominently relate to the overall fitness, conservation and management of most animals.

Experience

  • –present
    Scholar-in-Residence, Hofstra University

Honours

Post-Doctoral Fellow of the Australian Research Council