A Fond Farewell to Four Friends and Colleagues

As the academic year closes, the Biology Department will be losing  four very excellent colleagues whose presence and contributions have enriched life both within the department and for our students.  We will miss all of you!!

ron_barry_mugRon Barry came to Bates in fall 2007 after retiring from Frostburg State Unversity in Maryland and has just completed the 8th year of his two year contract. A mammalogist by trade, Ron taught courses including Evolution, Biostatistics, Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, Behavior, and Mammalogy. Besides his curricular contributions, Ron has been a voice of wisdom in the department and made many contributions toward new faculty recruitment and departmental life over all. In what we are lead to believe is really his retirement (for good this time!) Ron plans to volunteer for conservation organizations, enjoy visiting his children and grandchildren, fishing, and maybe, just maybe, finally buy his wife that fishing boat she’s always wanted for their camp.


joshua_lordJosh Lord came to Bates from University of Connecticut, Department of Marine Sciences as a one year visiting assistant professor to teach all things marine. Josh has taught Marine Invertebrate Zoology, Marine Science, Global Change in Marine Systems, and a Short Term course, Experimental Marine Ecology. An exponent of hands-on work with marine life, Josh mentored senior theses and used every opportunity to take his students into the field to meet marine organisms head on. Josh leaves us to take on the new challenge of a post-doctoral research position at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) in Moss Landing, California.  They’re lucky to get him!   Best wishes as you move ahead!


 Allyson Eller joined our department as visiting assistant professor following completion of a post-doctoral research position at MacQuarie University in Australia.  Early on Allyson introduced the department and other Bates colleagues to the joys of SQUASH – the plant, not the game – with a squash dinner extravaganza of epic proportions. Who really knew there were so many kinds of squash out there?  Allyson taught Plants and Human Affairs and Global Change in Terrestrial Systems and made many contributions to departmental life during this very busy year.  We wish you the very best as you go on to other opportunities!


Lyndel l Bade, a maven of all things Chondrichtyhes, answered the call two years ago when acute staffing needs in Biology and Biological Chemistry allowed us to hire an additional AI for a two year term. Having just completed her Masters Degree in Fisheries at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, Lyndell quickly became part of the Biology family and has made important contributions as a lab instructor in Organismal Biology, Biochemistry, Sensory Biology, Plants and Human Affairs, and Short Term courses on Invasive Plant Ecology (in NYC) and Experimental Marine Ecology. A highlight of her time here was getting her first paper published based on her masters research. Best wishes as you go forward!