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Dr. Brian G. Walker

Associate Professor of Biology
bwalker@fairfield.edu
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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, in 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, in 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 and promotion to Full Professor in the spring of 2017.  Dr. Walker serves as an advisory professor for the University’s Environmental Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) and Health Studies (HS) Programs, and has served as director for both LACS and HS.  Dr. Walker was 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.  He recently returned to the Biology department after serving a 3-year term as Associate Dean for the College of Arts & Sciences, and is enjoying a one-year research sabbatical. During the sabbatical, Dr. Walker returned to Argentina for a three-month field season to collect follow up data on tourism stress in Magellanic penguins.  Currently, he is analyzing the data from the field, and also beginning some interesting new research projects on stress in another crazy beast….the human.



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