Dr. Thomas R. Lynch is a native of Connecticut, having grown up outside Bridgeport. He received a B.A. and an M.S. in biology from the University of Bridgeport and a Ph.D. in Aquatic Toxicology from Michigan State University.
Early in his career, Dr. Lynch spent 12 years at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology as an Assistant Professor of Biology and eventually an Associate Professor and Chairman of the Biology Department. While at New Mexico Tech, he helped design a very successful undergraduate degree program in Environmental Science. He came to Marist in 1991 as an Associate Professor and Program Director of Environmental Science. Dr. Lynch temporarily assumed the duties of Dean of Science for the 1997 -1998 academic year. He was also elected Chair of the Faculty from 2000 - 2002, received the Kilgariff Distinguished Service Award in 2003, and the Bill Olson Award for Extraordinary Service to Faculty in 2016.
Dr. Lynch has researched and published on the bioavailability of polychlorinated biphenyls, the fate of metals and pesticides in large reservoirs, the impacts of mining on chemical and biological characteristics of mountain streams, the sensitivity of high altitude wilderness lakes to acidic precipitation, zebra mussel ecology, PCBs in the Hudson River, water quality monitoring of surface water for fecal and chemical contamination.
Dr. Lynch has two years of public high school teaching experience and 40 years of teaching at the undergraduate level. At Marist, Dr. Lynch has taught Environmental Issues, Focus on Environmental Issues, Ecology, Field and Laboratory Ecology, Freshwater Ecology, Environmental Assessment, Environmental Toxicology, Science, Medicine and Ethics, and Environmental Ethics. As part of his duties, he has placed over 100 students in internships and has supervised numerous research projects with undergraduates.
An active participant in the local community, Dr. Lynch has served on the Executive Boards of the Dutchess County Environmental Management Council and the Hudson River Environmental Society. He has also been a member of the Wappingers Creek Watershed Protection Committee, the Fall Kill Watershed Committee, and the Dutchess County Environmental Sciences Advisory Network. He has participated in the writing of the Fall Kill Management Plan, The Dutchess County Natural Resources Inventory, Recommendations for Stream and Flood Management in Dutchess County, The Town of Poughkeepsie Comprehensive Master Plan and the Aquatic Resources Protection Ordinance for the Town of Poughkeepsie. He also does pro bono consulting for the Mid-Hudson Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
In his spare time Dr. Lynch enjoys a wide variety of outdoor activities including fishing (especially fly fishing), camping, hiking, kayaking, and skiing. He also enjoys listening to Irish music, swimming, reading, and the study of aquatic entomology.