Teacher-Scholar Legacies: David Anderson

Biology major Wesley Johnson and Professor of Biology Dr. David Anderson examine bird skins in a laboratory in Winston Hall on April 21, 2009.

The WFU Department of Biology is proud to celebrate the career and extraordinary service to Wake Forest of Professor David J. Anderson on the occasion of his retirement. Congratulations, Dave!

Dr. Anderson has published more than 100 papers in the top journals of the field, has received many federal and foundation grants, and has been interviewed by popular news outlets. Throughout his career, he has taught introductory courses in ecology and evolution, and more advanced courses focusing on the biology of birds, as well as graduate courses. Dave took students to the places where biology happens, either to his field site or, more recently, to Florida to identify different birds along their migratory path during spring break. For the Florida trip, each year’s group aimed to surpass the achievements of their predecessors, and they often did. His passion for birds and biology was infectious and inspired students to develop a deep appreciation for the natural world.Dr. Erik C. Johnson, Chair and Professor of Biology

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