Our science faculty bring their knowledge from the field, directly into the classroom. They help students explore the Tahoe Basin through a scientific lens.
- BA, Political Science, University of Vermont
- MS, Hydrology, University of Nevada, Reno
- PhD, Hydrology, University of Nevada, Reno
Andy teaches in the Science and Humanities departments at Sierra Nevada College. His primary research interests include the physical, chemical, and biological constraints on attached algae in Sierra Nevada streams. He is active in his research and supervises student research at Sierra Nevada College. Andy teaches a wide range of classes including Ecology of Aquatic Ecosystems, Environmental Systems, Introduction to Sustainability, Lake Tahoe Basin Ecosystems, Environmental Engineering, Introduction to Outdoor Skills, Fundamentals of Environmental Education, and Introduction to Geology. Outside of SNC, you are most likely to find Andy enjoying the rock, water, sun, and slopes of the Sierra Nevada with his family.
- BS, Biology, University of Michigan
- MS, Natural Resources, University of Michigan
- PhD, Ecology, University of California at Davis
Steve joined Sierra Nevada College in 1992. His academic interests include conservation biology, the ecology of freshwater systems, the flora of the Sierra and Great Basin, mathematical and statistical reasoning, and land use conflicts in the western United States. Recently he has developed an interest in the ecology and management of the High Sierra and is working on book on the natural history associated with the John Muir Trail. He teaches courses in environmental science and mathematics, and served as department chair from 2001-2008.
Steve is an avid mountain and road cyclist. He participates in numerous long-distance cycling events such as the Davis Double Century and the Death Ride. Last spring he did the Solvang Double Century on a tandem with his son. He also enjoys hiking, backpacking, and sea kayaking. Recently he has developed a passion for nature photography, especially emphasizing macro shots of insect/plant interactions. A collection of Ellsworth’s photos can be found at the following website: http://sellsworth.deviantart.com/.
His wife, Julie, is a biology professor at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno. She is actively involved in recruiting and mentoring underrepresented high school students into biomedical programs and the college and university level. Information on this program can be found at the following website: http://www.unr.edu/inbre/Training/TMCC_Pipeline.html.
- BS, Microbiology, Arizona State University
- PhD, Immunology, University of California, Berkeley
Gollery is all about students. She was selected by her peers to receive the Anthony Chee Teaching Excellence Award at Houston Community College in 1994, the Distinguished Teaching Award at Sierra Nevada College in 2002, and the Distinguished Advising Award at SNC in 2012. Her central focus is the reform of foundational biology instruction away from lectures and memorization of an increasingly large body of content details to problem-based learning that promotes understanding and application of biology facts and concepts. In November 2012 she took a panel of SNC students to the International Science in Society Conference in Berkeley, CA, to present a workshop “Ask College Students about Inquiry-based Learning in Science”. Gollery has research experience in immunogenetics and human genetics. Microbiology continues to be her central research interest, as it is easily accessible to undergraduate students. Gollery has chaired the Department of Science and Technology at SNC since fall 2008.
For fun, Gollery enjoys natural history study while hiking, camping, and kayaking in the Eastern Sierra with her dog, husband, and children. The family also makes music together with the SNC college chorus and TOCCATA, a regional orchestra and chorus, in which Gollery plays flute and sings soprano.
Outdoor Leadership; Environmental & Social Sustainability
- BA, Sociology and Anthropology, Colgate University
- MA, Environment and Community, Humboldt State University
Brennan is a passionate writer, educator, and mountain guide. His writing and guiding work has brought him to all seven of the world’s continents. He finds inspiration backcountry skiing, but is just as inspired facilitating open, honest, and dynamic classroom spaces. Not only does Brennan travel extensively to ski and guide, but he also presents and attends conferences ranging from the Teacher for Social Justice Conference to the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference enhancing his knowledge base and experience in the current field of sustainability.
His writing reflects a diversity of travel and a pursuit of life-long learning. He has been published as a travel, music, adventure, ski, and activist writer both domestically and also abroad. His work can be found in online media, newspapers, and magazines, and his master’s degree research is available in book form.
Brennan teaches Wilderness Survival at Truckee Meadows Community College in addition to teaching in the Interdisciplinary Studies and Environmental Science programs at Sierra Nevada College. His continued mission at SNC is to inspire his students to become aware, critical, and well-rounded liberal arts students. He hopes to use his knowledge to inspire and inform his students during their time at Sierra Nevada College – and beyond.
- BA, Zoology, B.S., Oceanography, University of Washington
- PhD, Limnology, Dartmouth College
Levitan has been with SNC since 1986. He has conducted research on Daphnia and Mysis in Lake Tahoe and is doing research at the University of Montana Biological Station at Flathead Lake involving the effects of changing lake levels on ecosystem dynamics. He teaches courses in environmental science, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Chuck has involved many students in active research and many of these projects have resulted in presentations at professional meetings.