Nichole Warwick exploring the plant ecology, geology, and archeology of the Burren in southwestern Ireland.
I spent my late teens and early twenties in Northern California, exploring nature in the Golden Circle, a 70 mile radius of public lands outside Redding, California while simultaneously attending Shasta Community College. My early experiences there fostered a deep appreciation for nature and ecology. My initial interests were in entomology, and I worked in a butterfly house. When it came time to transfer, I set my sights on Idaho State University in Eastern Idaho.
The choice to attend Idaho State University was natural and perfect. There, I had ready access many ecosystems from which to study. Pocatello is located in the high desert with sage brush and juniper vegetation. Just a short drive took me to the alpine public lands and to the wilderness of Idaho. A two hour drive dropped me in the greatest ecological experiment (Yellowstone National Park) and a longer drive took me to Montana and Glacier National Park. These varied environments helped me study Biology and my interests shifted from insects to birds.
In 2007, I completed my Masters of Science in Biology; I studied Ornithology and Ethology (Animal Behavior) with vigor. My research allowed me to observe birds for hours on end, where I gathered data related to reproductive habits. While I was observing my subjects (hawk species, Great Blue Herons, shore birds and grouse), I was able to garner an appreciation for the life cycles and habits of avian species.
As part of my Masters degree program, I was involved in student teaching. My passion for helping students learn lead me to expand my focus and incorporate coursework on science education. Because so many behaviors are rooted in physiology of the animal, I immersed myself in physiology classes to better understand the cellular component, hormones, and psychology that drive animal interactions.
My early experiences at Shasta Community College had a deep impact on me. Community Colleges offer features not available at the 4-year level: including smaller class sizes, affordability, and the ability to work personally with your instructors. From the moment I decided to use my degree to help teach, I knew I wanted to teach at the Community College level.
I was hired at Clatsop Community College and began my work here in the fall of 2007. Since then I have taught a Basic and Major's Human Anatomy and Physiology course, Microbiology for Allied Health Majors, Human Genetics, and non-majors Biology courses focusing on Animal Behavior and Germ/Immune system interactions.
In Summer of 2010, I taught a summer Field Ecology class, which was held in Yellowstone National Park. Students had the opportunity to learn about the ecosystem from scientific studies about the ecology of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem while experiencing and making field observations. Students applied material learned from scientific articles to the environment,fostering critical thinking skills. It is my hope to make this summer class a biannual course.
As you can see, I also enjoy photographing the world I observe. Many of the photos you see on this page are from Yellowstone National Park. The black bear and marmot photos were taken in Rainier National Park. The green sea turtle and anole were taken in tropical Hawaii. This hobby provides me with tools to use in my Biology lectures.
Nichole Warwick caught shooting landscape images from a window well in the spiral staircase of Blarney Castle, Ireland.
To contact me, my office phone is 503-338-2444. You may stop by my office in Columbia Hall, Third Floor, Room 307. I am easiest reached by e-mail.
All wildlife photopraphs on this page were taken by Nichole Warwick.
Nichole Warwick off the southwest coast of the Dingle peninsula with the Blasket Islands in the distance.