Experts on "Environment"

David Shane Lowry

  • Associate Professor of Anthropology

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.


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Mark McReynolds

  • Director of Environmental Science
  • Assistant Professor

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.

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Raphael R Payne

  • Emeritus Professor of Biology

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.

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