Thomas R. Lynch

Thomas R. Lynch

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.

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 program in Environmental Science which has become a very popular major. He came to Marist in 1991 as an Associate Professor and Program Director of Environmental Science. Dr. Lynch was Acting Dean of Science for the 1997-98 academic year, and served as chair of Environmental Science from 1995-2001.

The recipient of 14 grants, Dr. Lynch has researched and published on the bioavailability of polychlorinated biphenyl, 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.

At Marist, Dr. Lynch has taught Environmental Issues, Ecology, Field and Laboratory Ecology, Environmental Assessment, Environmental Toxicology, and Environmental Ethics. As part of his duties, he has placed over 100 students in internships and has supervised 15 research projects with undergraduates.

Dr. Lynch has two years of public high school teaching experience and has been involved in a Master of Science Teaching Program (in New Mexico), the Dutchess County BOCES High School of Excellence, and was a lead instructor in Science on the Move (SOTM). SOTM ,an NSF-funded project designed to improve science teaching and access to science equipment, served a three-county area of the mid-Hudson Valley from 1997-2001.

Dr. Lynch was appointed by the Dutchess County Legislature as a Member-at-Large of the Dutchess County Environmental Management Council. He serves as the Vice Chairperson of its Executive Committee. Dr. Lynch is a member of the Wappingers Creek Watershed Protection Committee. He has served as chair of the faculty at Marist College since July 2000.

In his spare time Dr. Lynch enjoys a wide variety of outdoor activities including fishing (especially fly fishing), camping, hiking, canoeing, and skiing. He also enjoys listening to Irish music, swimming, reading, and the study of aquatic entomology.

Dr. Lynch is married with three children.

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