M.S., State Univ. of New York (1984)
B.S., Univ. of Rhode Island (1978)
Michael O’Donnell is a Principal Lecturer in the Department of Biology, and the Laboratory and Course Coordinator for the introductory biology sequence of courses (Biol 182 and 183) for life science majors. He is also a Health Professions Advisor and a member of the Environmental Sciences Program Advisory Committee. O’Donnell's teaching philosophy is to present science as a blend of information, theory, and process, not as a body of knowledge to be memorized. His teaching interests include inquiry-based learning, laboratory curriculum and development, introductory biology, and urban wildlife ecology. He is past President of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education. O’Donnell earned his M.S. in Wildlife and Forest Biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and his B.S. in Zoology from the University of Rhode Island. Prior to coming to Trinity College, he taught at State Univ. of New York at Cortland, and served as an environmental consultant for several agencies in upstate New York.