Sep. 18, 2018
Brendon Anthony began teaching at Biola University in the fall of 2017. He graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Biola University in 2015 and his Master of Science in Horticulture from Washington State University (WSU) in 2017. His research at WSU consisted of fruit tree physiology, orchard management, food science and sustainable agriculture. Anthony runs classes and programs for students up at the Biola Organic Garden. Anthony loves the outdoors and camping with his pet husky. He has worked on multiple farms, and he cares deeply about the state of the environment and how we can be better stewards of it.
Anthony also co-founded and currently runs an international agricultural development non-profit, called Harvest Craft. Harvest Craft has done work in Mexico, Cambodia, Kenya, Uganda and Haiti, where the Haiti Center for Agroecology was founded. He continues to travel and consult on sustainable agricultural systems for orphanages, rehabilitation centers for human trafficked victims, churches, schools and community centers. The focus of the organization is to bring about social justice, economic development and environmental restoration in these countries.
David Shane Lowry obtained his bachelor of science degree in anthropology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his doctorate degree from the University of North Carolina. His scholarship focuses on human empathy. His graduate research took place between 2009 and 2012 when he spent hundreds of hours with missionaries, healthcare providers, and social justice advocates from the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.
Lowry is writing two books. One book is an anthropology of Michael Jordan, and the other book is a story of how the Lumbee Tribe became a hub for healing in America. Lowry is currently part of an interdisciplinary research team that is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the environmental aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in North Carolina. He will be teaching courses in cultural anthropology, medical anthropology, and other topics related to his research and writing.
Rafe Payne, Professor Emeritus of Biology, is passionate about creation care, and considers himself to be an “old fashioned naturalist." He has served as a shipboard naturalist on more than 20 natural history cruises. He also participated in 25 oceanographic expeditions collecting Monogenoidea (parasitic worms) from the gills and skin of marine fishes. Payne has authored or co-authored scientific papers describing 11 new species of Monogenoidea and has served as a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Comparative Parasitology. Payne’s teaching interests are broadly organismal. He regularly taught marine biology, general ecology, parasitology, marine mammals and ornithology. He developed and taught the Biola - Baja program offered during interterm for 31 years. He currently teaches parasitology, general ecology and the natural history of marine mammals as an adjunct professor at Biola.