Clay Runck

Dr. Clay Runck

Associate Professor of Biology

School of Science and Tech
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Biography

Dr. Runck is a broadly trained organismal biologist with expertise in aquatic ecology and extensive experience teaching undergraduate courses in the areas of introductory biology, ecology, limnology and ornithology. Runck was drawn to Georgia Gwinnett College by the opportunity to help build a biology program at the newest public liberal arts college in the nation. Runck knows the value of a liberal arts education: his baccalaureate degree is from a liberal arts college and he taught at a liberal arts college for six years prior to coming to GGC.

Runck views research experience as an integral part of teaching science and his research interests are designed to be accessible to undergraduate students. Runck's current research interests are focused on the ecology of storm water management ponds and streams in human-dominated landscapes. 

Runck is also interested in service learning projects involving STEM majors delivering inquiry-based mystery scenarios for 5th grade science classes, and collaborations with citizen-science conservation groups. Runck sees STEM service learning projects and collaborative ecological monitoring projects as opportunities for GGC students to interact with and contribute to communities by applying what they are learning to advance interest in science and science literacy, and help solve problems of local concern. Runck's interest in field biology also extends to developing outdoor classroom activities with a goal of establishing a life-long interest in the natural world and its stewardship.

Education

  • Doctorate – biology – Northern Arizona University
  • Master's – biology – Northern Arizona University
  • Bachelor's – biology, with minor in chemistry – Northland College