David L. Pindel received his Bachelor of Science in biology (1994) from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, where he also had minor studies in chemistry and philosophy. He received his Master of Science (1997) in biology/ecology from Western Illinois University, where his research involved a quantitative analysis of barred owl ecology, behavior, and communication – all from an evolutionary perspective.
Before coming to CCC in 1999, he worked as a biology instructor at Western Illinois University and Spoon River Community College in Macomb, IL, where he taught general biology and microbiology. His current interests include the history of biology, ecological interactions, evolutionary mechanisms, and the relationship between religion, philosophy, and science.
David thoroughly enjoys working with students and seeing them succeed. In each of his courses, he emphasizes critical thinking and practical applications of the material, so that students can draw connections between concepts and across disciplines. His laboratory exercises stress the importance of skill development, building upon previous material, the proper use of the scientific method, and field work. David is a strong believer in the importance of science literacy and the need to combat pseudoscience, as well as the critical role science plays in our everyday lives.
He teaches a variety of biology courses at CCC, mostly for science majors and honors students. He advises students who are interested in a wide range of careers within the biological sciences, particularly those in the Liberal Arts and Sciences: Mathematics & Science and Environmental Science programs.
I enjoy discussing just about anything to anyone who is interested! I have always loved science and particularly like to discuss biology and philosophy, especially current developments in each field. I will always make time to talk about owls, as they have remained my favorite organism. I also enjoy staying strongly involved in campus life, including governance, advising, and many other areas. Outside of school, I enjoy hiking, bird watching, reading (especially philosophy and other nonfiction), many genres of film, traveling, playing basketball, and the Green Bay Packers.
Favorite Courses to Teach
- History of Biological Ideas (BIOL 1550)
- Evolution (BIOL 2080)