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I am Dr. Dorothy Boorse, Professor of Biology at Gordon College.

I am interested in wetland ecology, invertebrates, vernal pools and salt marshes.

I am also passionate bout increasing women and minorities in science, science and faith communities, and literary science. I do teaching, research with students, write a textbook, and my own writing.   I am particularly interested in science and non-scientists- how science is portrayed in culture, and how people relate science and faith.  I love being outdoors and love wetlands more than just about anything.



Dorothy  Boorse, Ph.D                            Go to: Biology Dept. (Faculty Site) 

Professor of Biology                              Gordon Biology (Official Gordon Site)                   


Ken Olsen Science Center ( KOSC) room 319

Research lab KOSC 320.

Biology Department, Gordon College

Wenham, MA 01984

Phone: 978-867-4382

Fax: 978-867-4666



PhD 1998 Oceanography and Limnology , University of Wisconsin-Madison

MS 1993 Entomology , Cornell University

BS. 1987 Biology,  Gordon College


Classes I Teach

NSM202 The Scientific Enterprise

Non- majors intro to the sciences

BIO 151 (Biology II)  Zoology and Animal Physiology-

BIO 250 (Biology III) Plants, Ecology and Evolution

BIO 260 (Biology IV) Introduction to Research in Biology

NSM222/ BIO222 Environmental Science

BIO 310 Ecology.

BIO 371 Selected Topics in Environmental Science

BIO371 Selected Topics: Introduction to Public Health

BIO 491 Senior Seminar-  a capstone course

BIO 471-472 independent Research

and have taught but don't usually

BIO 225 Nutrition (I don’t usually teach this but I have)

NSM220 Human Health Biology and Disease

BIO 440 Advanced Techniques in Ecology- focus on invasive species


Wright R. and D. Boorse 2014. Environmental science: Toward a Sustainable Future Ed 12. Pearson

Wright, R and D. Boorse. 2011. Environmental science: Toward a Sustainable Future. Ed 11. Pearson

Front Cover of Environmental Science Ed 11.


Science and faith:

I am particularly interested in healing the rift people perceive between science and Christian faith. I'm a fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation

and I sometimes write for the Intervarsity Web community that srves women in the academy and professions : The Well

Creation care and Global Climate Change:

          I am particularly interested in helping the Christian community understand and become leaders in solving, problems associated with environmental degradation, especially climate change.  I was a fellow of the AuSable Institute of Environmental Science  while in grad school and am the Gordon College representative for AuSable.

Boorse, D. L. Anderson, C. Shore, K. Wilson, T. .Ackerman, G. Carey. J. Lyon. 2011. Loving the Least of These, :Addressing a Changing Environment. National Association of Evangelicals. Washington, DC. 48 pp

Cover photo of Loving the Least of These: a river in Thailand

Boorse, D.  2009:  “Prairie Pothole Wonder” IN Thoreau’s Legacy: American Stories about Global Warming. Penguin Classics(Section III Open Spaces, in the Interactive book)

Conflicting Claims About Environmental Problems: A Primer For Non Scientists

(Creation Care 36:24-27 )

Here is a white paper response to Inhofe- to the 2008 Inhofe Minority Report on Climate Change.

Boorse, D. 2007. My Dream . Creation Care. Fall 2007 pg. 23.

Boorse, D. 2008.  Creation care: religious communities and environmental action. The Review of Faith and international Affairs. 6(3):


Other science and faith work:


Boorse, D. 2006  “Teaching Environmental Ethics: non-indigenous invasive species as a study of human relationships to nature. Pg 160-172  In C. Palmer [ed.] Teaching Environmental Ethics.  Brill: London

 Boorse, D. 2004. Teaching Environmental Ethics: Invasive Species as a Study of Human Relationships to Nature. Worldviews: Environment, Culture and Religion. 8 (2-3) : 323-335(13)

Boorse, D. 2005. Anti-aging: radical longevity, environmental impacts, and Christian theology.  Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith. 57( 1):55-64

Boorse, D. 2003. Overpopulation: Ecological and Biblical Principles Concerning Limitation. World Views: Environment, Culture and Religion. Vol 7 (1): 154-170.


IA Review of a Part  5 of the Truth Project by Focus on the Family:

Review of Truth Project, Part 5


Research with Students- 

I do field work with students. Here is a selection of more recent work.

Trevor V. Mattos, Miranda Adams MacKinnon & Dorothy F. Boorse  2012. The Intersection of Gender, Education and Health: A Community-level Survey of Education and Health Outcomes for Women in Southeastern Togo . Hii Dunia an on-line journal of development research.

K. Hallenbeck, R. Keller, S. Gerard, K. Spaulding, D. Boorse, 2010 . Molecular analysis of spotted salamander populations: amplified fragment length polymorphism and genetic diversity’s correlation to breeding success. poster at Gordon College Undergraduate Research Symposium. Winner of best poster in Biological Sciences


Zimmerman, R.  & D. Boorse. 2009.  The Effects of dissolved Oxygen and Canopy Cover on Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) Egg Mass Abundance. poster presented by student at Undergraduate Research Symposium  Bridgewater State College, Nov 15, 2009.

 Schetne, M.  and D.  Boorse 2008. The Effect of  mammal Burrow Density of Egg Mass Abundance of Spotted Salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum) in Vernal Pools . poster at Gordon College Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Schetne, M.  and D.  Boorse  2008. Velvet Bean and Landslides: A case study of  the abonera cover cropping system in Honduras and the complications of  conf licting perspectives . Honors research and poster at Gordon College Undergraduate Research Symposium.

 Ames, C.  J.  Rosenbaum, W. Ciullo, and D. Boorse 2007. The Effect of Trace Metal Concentration on Egg Mass Abundance in Amphibians of Vernal Pools.  poster presented by student at Undergraduate Research Symposium  Bridgewater State College, Nov 10, 2007.


Boorse, D, E. Camp, W. Daya, L. Hamel, C. Mathison, T. Russell, 2005. “Wood frog (Rana sylvatica) and spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) egg mass abundances in relation to landscape, basin and micro-site characteristics” paper presented at Ecological Society of America Meeting Toronto, Canada Aug 2005-

 Kerry, J., D. Boorse, and R. Buchsbaum. 2004. The effect of nutrient enrichment on salt marsh macro-invertebrates in three marshes in Essex County, Massachusetts. Biological Bulletin.  Funded by REU fellowship funded by NSF through a collaboration with Plum Island Long Term Ecological Research station and Woods Hole Marine Biology Lab.

Below: these are spotted salamander eggs from a local vernal pool. They are really interesting parts of vernal pool ecology.

Spotted samander egg masses 2005, in a vernal pool Essex County Mass.

Other Projects:

Nature Writing:

In June 2008, I attended  The Wildbranch workshop, hosted by Orion Magazine at Sterling College, VT. It was wonderful. I am interested in expressing the joy and wonder of nature, and using literature to express and understand science. I periodically am able to do some nature writing. Here is a short fun piece I wrote for the Gordon Community:


              The Winter Moth




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