Our science faculty bring their knowledge directly from the field into the classroom. They help students explore the Tahoe Basin through a scientific lens.
- BS, Microbiology, Arizona State University
- PhD, Immunology, University of California, Berkeley
Suzanne Gollery is all about her students. Her focus is on problem-based learning that promotes understanding and application of biology facts and concepts, rather than lectures and memorization of an ever-growing body of details. Microbiology, which is easily accessible to undergraduate students, is her central research interest. She also has research experience in immunogenetics and human genetics.
As the cell biologist at SNU, Gollery teaches the general biology series and the upper-division ‘skin-and-in’ courses like anatomy and physiology, genetics, microbiology, and biochemistry. She is the advisor and research mentor for most Biology majors. At SNU, she received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2002, and the Distinguished Advising Award in 2012.
For fun, Gollery loves natural history, hiking, camping, and kayaking in the Eastern Sierra. She and her husband raised their children in Incline Village. The family also makes music together with the SNU college chorus, and with TOCCATA, a regional orchestra and chorus, in which Gollery plays flute and sings soprano.
Outdoor Leadership; Environmental & Social Sustainability; Scientific Entrepreneurship and Policy
- BA, Sociology and Anthropology, Colgate University
- MA, Interdisciplinary Studies in Environment and Community, Humboldt State University
- PhD, Sustainability Education, Prescott College
Brennan is a passionate educator, writer, and ski guide. His journalism and ski guiding work has brought him to all seven of the world’s continents. He finds inspiration backcountry skiing, but is just as inspired facilitating critical, transparent, and dynamic classroom spaces with students at SNU. Not only does Brennan travel extensively to ski and guide, he also presents at and attends conferences ranging from the Teacher for Social Justice Conference to the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference. These meetings enhance his knowledge base and experience with current advances in the field of sustainability.
Brennan’s writing reflects his diversity of travel and pursuit of life-long learning. He has been published as a travel, music, adventure, ski, and activist writer, both domestically and abroad. His work can be found in online and print media and film, and his master’s and doctoral research has been academically published as well.
Brennan teaches across disciplines at Sierra Nevada University, with a consistent focus on the many intersections of sustainability studies. His continued mission at SNU is to inspire and activate his students to become more aware, educated, and well-rounded humans. To find their own individual callings in life, as well as seek out ways to contribute to the betterment of all that makes up life on Earth.
- BA, Political Science, University of Vermont
- MS, Hydrology, University of Nevada, Reno
- PhD, Hydrology, University of Nevada, Reno
Andy Rost received his doctorate in hydrology at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he studied stream algae. He has been teaching undergraduate courses in fields ranging from earth, ecology, and environmental sciences. His teaching practices emphasize interdisciplinary perspectives and highlight immersive field experiences and the mentoring of undergraduate research projects.
After becoming the department chair, he has been able to secure external funding to support the department and continue to collaborate with researchers and educators within and beyond the SNC campus to improving undergraduate science education. Throughout these experiences Andy has stayed rooted in and inspired by the rivers, ranges, and landscapes that are central to his professional life. When he is not working, you are likely to find him in these wild places with his wife and three kids.