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Dr. Brian G. Walker

Associate Professor of Biology
bwalker@fairfield.edu
o: Bannow Science Center Rm 221
p: x3464

 

A native of North Dakota, Dr. Walker received his Bachelor’s of Arts in Biology from Drake University, in Des Moines, Iowa (1990). He received a Master’s Degree in Biology from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, studying the reproductive behavior of male harbor seals (Phoca vitulina - 1992). He next spent four years as a Wildlife Biologist for NOAA – working in Antarctica studying foraging and breeding patterns in Antarctic fur seals (Arctocephalus gazella). He returned to graduate school to pursue a PhD in the Department of Zoology at the University of Washington, Seattle, examining how human disturbances – in this case, ecotourism – affected the development and expression of the glucocorticoid stress response in Magellanic penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus). Following the completion of his PhD (2003), Dr. Walker undertook a one-year post-doc research position at Arizona State University (2003-2004), followed by temporary teaching positions at the University of Washington and Seattle Central Community College (2004-2005). After a one-year visiting Assistant Professor position at Gonzaga University, Spokane WA (2005-2006), Dr. Walker joined the Biology department at Fairfield University as an Assistant Professor in the Fall of 2006, and was granted tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 2010. Dr. Walker has served as an advisory professor for the University’s Environmental Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) Programs throughtout his tenue at the University, including a two-year stint as Co-Director of LACS.  He served as Chair of the Biology Department from 2010 - 2014, during which time he was awarded a prestigious Fulbright Fellowship to spend the fall semester of 2012 at the Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense (UENF) in Campos dos Goytocazes, Brazil.  Currently, he has accepted a 3-year term as an Associate Dean for the College of Arts & Sciences, but continues teaching in introductory and upper division courses in Physiology, as well as continuing research on stress physiology in birds.