Rocky Nation

Rocky Nation
Associate Professor of Biology and Department Chair of Natural Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy, Clemson University, Zoology/Ecology
Master of Education, Converse College, Natural Science Education
Bachelor of Science, Furman University, Biology

tnation@andersonuniversity.edu

(864) 231-2435

What classes do you teach at Anderson

Environmental Science, Principles of Biology

What year did you start teaching at AU

2016

Why teach at AU?

I am a product of a small, liberal arts college and hope to help students have a similar, formative experience.

Hobbies

Running, reading, backpacking, kayaking

Notable achievements outside of discipline

Played college football at Furman University (however, let me be clear – I was a walk-on and career scout-team player!).

People might be interested to know I...

Serve on the board of directors for the Foothills Trail, a 76-mile-long hiking trail stretching from Table Rock State Park to Oconee State Park.

How would you describe your classes to someone who has never attended one?

My goal is to help students become scientifically literate and proficient in the context of biology, from molecules to ecosystems. We do this through an inquiry-based approach using relevant and interesting examples and case studies, with occasional divergences into my eclectic tastes in music, literature, and pop culture.

Publications

Nation, T.H. and L.A. Johnson. 2015. “Use of a volunteer monitoring program to assess water quality in a TMDL watershed utilized for recreational use, Pickens County, South Carolina.” Journal of South Carolina Water Resources 2 (1): Article 11.

Nation, T.H. and K.D. Dill. 2010. “Land and Water Conservation: Biological Necessity, Spiritual Obligation.” In Wesleyan Theological Perspectives – Volume V: Creation Care. edited by J. Coleson. Indianapolis, Indiana: Wesleyan Publishing House.

Nation, T.H. 2007. “The influence of flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) on land snail diversity in a southern mixed hardwood forest.” The American Midland Naturalist 157 (1):137-148.

Nation, T.H. 2007. “The spiritual value of wilderness.” Wesleyan Life 4 (2): 8-9.

Nation, T.H. 2006. “A preliminary inventory of the land snails of Buzzard Roost Heritage Preserve, Oconee County, South Carolina.” Report to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

Rocky enjoys being able to learn and teach about things that stimulate him. “The opportunity to have authentic discussions about life, faith, meaning, purpose, and what it means to be human is an added plus.”

He wishes prospective students knew there’s more to biology than just medicine. “In addition to the benefits of studying plants, animals, and other organisms and the relationships we have with them, I believe that natural areas, particularly wild places, can have spiritual and therapeutic value. It is my goal to help people experience this first-hand.”