Dr. Tom Poulson
Education Committee Chairman
- Taught and mentored students at Yale, Notre Dame, and University of Illinois at Chicago in the Ecology and
Evolution section. Retired as Emeritus Professor and moved to Jupiter Florida in 2000. Is Affiliate Research
Professor in the Honors College at Florida Atlantic University
- Passion continues to be teaching what he calls scientific natural history. Has written essays called EXPLORING
NATURE. Observations of patterns lead to questions of what, why, where, and when. Questions lead to explanatory
hypotheses which are tested using natural experiments.
- Published research areas range widely with both plants and animals. With plants, has studied old-growth
forests and sand dunes succession and continues to study adaptations of trees and air plants and biological
integrity of streams and wetlands, including the Everglades. Among animals, has worked with chipmunks and ground
squirrels, mountain lizards, desert and salt marsh birds, and especially all kinds of cave animals. With PhD
Dissertation, predicted what an even more cave-adapted fish would be like. Colleagues found it and named it
Speoplatyrhinus poulsoni. It is critically endangered and its only cave has been designated as the Key Cave
National Wildlife Refuge.
- Whether writing essays, teaching courses or leading field trips, Tom hopes to astound and amuse you. He aims
to reawaken your curiosity and help you discover. He uses an award-winning style of interactive teaching that
includes use of votes, demonstrations, games, doggerel, songs, cartoons, and exemplary prose. Life-long Learning
students at Florida Atlantic University – Jupiter write of his unbridled and contagious enthusiasm, charisma and
animation, stimulation of thought and imaginations, and integration of humor and science.
- Current examples of outreach for general audiences include the VISITORS GUIDE TO THE REFUGE, and a 2011 video
THESE GLADES ARE YOUR GLADES…