Ron serves as Executive Director of the Chipper Woods Bird
Ron has earned degrees in wildlife management and avian
population studies (Doctorate - Ball State University), marketing,
operations management, research and project management (MBA - Indiana
University), marine biology and ecology (MST-Florida Atlantic
University) and biology, physics and chemistry (BS – Widener
University). His doctoral program included a minor in Anthropology and
Archaeology and Native American Studies.
Ron’s 30+ year professional career includes experience
in both the private and the public sectors as a marine biologist in
South Florida, and various positions with the State of Indiana including
Senior Environmental Scientist and Medical Laboratory Inspector. His
professional expertise includes marine biology and ecology, freshwater
ecology, wetland ecology, water pollution control, air pollution
control, solid and hazardous waste management issues, HAZMAT,
groundwater protection, infection control and medical/veterinary
Ron is currently Assistant Professor of Biology at Marian University where he teaches microbiology, marine biology, environmental science, plant biology, and other courses as required. He has also served as adjunct faculty at Ball State University, Vincennes University Military Program, Indiana Wesleyan University, IvyTech Community College and at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Courses taught include ornithology, marine biology, field research methods, environmental ethics, humans and the environment, evolution, zoology, astronomy, earth science, oceanography, business statistics and other advanced courses. He also served as part time faculty for the U.S. Navy where he taught college courses to active duty navy personnel while at sea on the nuclear super carrier USS Carl Vinson, CVN-70.
Ron conducts monthly bird banding and astronomy programs for Hamilton County Parks and Recreation.
Ron served for 6 years as conservation chair for the
Indiana Audubon Society, the board of directors of Indiana Audubon
Society and compiler for the May and Christmas Bird Counts. He also
served on the board of directors of the Amos Butler Chapter of the
National Audubon Society, and 3 years on the board of directors for the
Inland Bird Banding Association.
His research endeavors have taken him to many regions of
North America, the Bahama Islands, the rainforests of Costa Rica, the
Páramo of the Andes Mountains, the rainforests of Ecuador, the deserts
and coastal regions of Namibia and South Africa, and various regions of
the tropical Pacific.
His scientific and general interest
articles have appeared both nationally
and internationally in publications such as the Indiana Audubon
Quarterly, Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science, the Bahama
Journal of Science, SAFRING (Journal of the South African Ringing
Society), Outdoor Indiana, The North American Bird Bander, Proceedings
of the U.S. Naval Institute, Radio ZS, the Journal of the South African
Radio Society, Popular Communications and others.
In 1999 he received the Award for Achievement presented
by the Natural Resources and Environmental Management Alumni Association
at Ball State University. He enjoys reading, and his long term hobby of Amateur Radio (Extra Class License W9OFF).