Behind the Resume #39 – Ricky Dooley

Ricky Dooley new employee photoWhat is your title at EvCC, and what will you be doing in your day-to-day endeavors at the College?
Tenure Track Professor. I will be teaching the major series and advising students, as well as expanding the access to evolution and ecology courses.

Tell us a little about your professional background.
I am a local who graduated from Marysville, went on to UW where I obtained by BS and PhD in Evolutionary Biology. I continued at UW as a teaching postdoc with Dr. Freeman. I research extinctions, and modern day environments, specifically how seagrasses respond to increased temperature, and decreased oxygen (eutrophication).

Boating on Lake Cavanaugh
Boating on Lake Cavanaugh is a favorite pastime for sure!

What does a typical day look like for you? 
Unknown here, but excited to find out!

What would be the title of your autobiography?
Man, I make lots of mistakes – but never said no.

What is the first concert you attended?
Linkin Park

boating on Lake Cavanaugh
Boating on Lake Cavanaugh

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?
I enjoy watersports. I grew up on a lake and enjoy waterskiing and wakeboarding. In the winter, I am in a bowling league (yep… what else is there to do on Monday evenings?)

What are you reading right now/ what was the last book you read? Are you participating in any reading challenges?
Environmental science (for the course I am teaching… yep, I still have to read text books!)


What do you like to do on your days off?
Hiking, skiing, football games, or anything outside.


Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?
Don’t study a topic; practice it! If you cannot learn to drive a car by reading a book, then how can you expect to learn ecology by just reading a book? Get your hands dirty, explore your environment, and live it.


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