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Dr. Paul Gier
Dr. Gier’s past research has focused on animal social behavior, in particular that of reptiles. He is also interested in biogeography and ecological physiology. He serves as a reviewer for academic books and scientific journals, including Copeia and Herpetologica. One particular group of beetles—Cerambycidae, the longhorned beetles—fascinates him, and he has been dabbling in faunistic studies as well as the beginnings of a rudimentary identification manual for all U.S. species of Cerambycids (1,200 in all). He enjoys spending time with his family, taking road-trips, bird-watching, and beetle-collecting. As a nature photographer, he has published a number of photographs which have most recently appeared in the book Lizards: Windows to the Evolution of Diversity by Eric Pianka and Laurie Vitt.
From Dr. Gier:
“It is an honor to teach great students. With Huntingdon students I get to discuss everything from climate change to the biomechanics of a cheetah’s leg. I’ve also traveled with students around the state, as well as to South and Central America and Africa. I enjoy the time I spend with Huntingdon students, whether in the classroom, in the field, or in help sessions after class. It’s the challenge—both for me and for the students—that makes it worthwhile. If college were easy it wouldn’t be as exciting.”