Apr. 29, 2017
Mark earned his B.S. with honors in Recreation Resource Management (Natural Science Emphasis) from Northern Arizona University. He earned an M.Div. in Christian Education from the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary in Fresno, and a doctoral degree in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England in Keene, New Hampshire. His doctoral dissertation focused on Patterns of Seasonal Variation in Diet, Abundance, and Movement of the Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao) in southern Belize. Mark lived four years in Belize overseeing an environmental ministry and almost five years in the Dominican Republic working with underachieving American teenagers. Mark has extensive Christian camping and environmental education experience, chairs the university's Creation Stewardship Committee, and is the faculty adviser for the student-run Environmental Care Club. Mark and his wife, Karen, a biology professor at another university, are active gardeners and birders, and attend Redeemer Church in La Mirada.
Dr. Rafe Payne specializes in the systematics and zoogeography of monogenean parasites infecting the gills of marine fishes. He is particularly interested in deep-sea fishes and sharks of the Sea of Cortez. Dr. Payne has authored four scientific papers describing nine new species of monogeneans, and currently serves as a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of the Helminthological Society of Washington. Dr. Payne has developed the BIOLA - BAJA program offered each Interterm: An extended field trip to Baja California, Mexico to study plants, marine mammals, birds, and intertidal marine organisms at the Vermilion Sea Field Station.