Professor of Biology
The College of William & Mary
John Swaddle has been at The College of William & Mary since 2001 and is a Professor of Biology. He directs an international ecological and environmental research program that has taken him and his students to four continents and has been externally funded to the tune of almost $6 million. He studies how human alterations of the environment impact wildlife and, in turn, how these changes affect human society. In a rapidly changing world, these multi- and interdisciplinary questions are increasingly important. Dr. Swaddle seamlessly integrates undergraduates (more than 100 since 2001) into this high-profile research program, and his students have published dozens of peer-reviewed articles and presented their work on 60 occasions at international conferences. His work is widely cited across many disciplines in the life sciences — more than 4,500 times. Accordingly, Dr. Swaddle has received the highest research honors from his international academic societies, such as the Young Investigator Prize by the American Society of Naturalists (leading international society of ecologists), and the Most Outstanding New Investigator Prize by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (leading international society of behaviorists).
Dr. Swaddle teaches courses in introductory biology, evolution, and environmental science. These courses consistently garner the highest praise from students. He is renowned for integrating research into his courses, through research assignments and extensive discussion of primary literature. He endeavors to help students feel the excitement of current science and ignite their own critical thinking and creativity. Due to his prowess in the classroom and as a mentor for young researchers, Dr. Swaddle has been awarded the Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence, the Phi Beta Kappa Faculty Award for the Advancement of Scholarship, and the W&M Alumni Fellowship Award for Outstanding Teaching.
Dr. Swaddle has also held key leadership positions at W&M. He served as the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, was the Director (Chair) of the interdisciplinary Environmental Science & Policy program, and chaired the College's primary strategic
planning committee. Externally, Dr. Swaddle has organized and hosted international conferences and has been an elected officer of his primary international academic society.
"I want students to feel the excitement of current science and ignite their own critical thinking and creativity."