Dr. Bob Paul is a recently retired Professor of Biology and has taught at St. Mary’s College of Maryland since 1977. A biologist with specialty in aquatic ecology, he has strong research interests in freshwater and estuarine systems, watersheds, water quality, and the application of Geographical Information System (GIS) technology to land use and ecological problems.
Since 1999 he has co-directed the St. Mary’s River Project, a long-term, federally-funded water quality monitoring study of the St. Mary’s River and its watershed. In 2001 and 2002, he received two grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to create a watershed management plan framework that links water quality to land use in the St. Mary’s River Watershed using a GIS model.
In addition he has worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete an assessment of the Lower Potomac River’s potential for restoration of oyster and grass beds. Dr. Paul’s educational background includes a B.A. in Biology from Westminster College, graduate work at the University of Michigan, St. Louis University (M.S. in Biology), and Virginia Tech (Ph.D. in Zoology).
Dr. Paul has had numerous administrative positions at St. Mary’s College including Biology Department Chairman (1999-2001) and Head of the Division of Natural Science and Mathematics (1984 – 1993). He is currently President of the Faculty Senate and recently served on the search committee for the new College President. He teaches courses in ecology, freshwater ecology, and biology at St. Mary’s College and has taught in the graduate Environmental Studies program at Johns Hopkins University.