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Michael Secrest

Visiting Assistant Professor,

I received my Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Cincinnati, a Master in Education from the College of Mount St. Joseph, a Master of Arts in Teaching Biology from Miami University and a Ph.D. in Conservation Biology from Union Institute and University.

I joined the Wilmington College faculty in the winter of 2014 to teach Human Nutrition. I am interested in many areas of Biology. I enjoy teaching students and seeing students make connections from the classroom to the real world. I have over forty years of teaching experience and still enjoy working with students. I have received the 2013 award of service from the Hefner Natural Museum at Miami University. In 2000 I was selected for the Leader Alliance in Biological Science. This was a program sponsored by The National Science Foundation. Also, in 1997 I was a Howard Hughes Scholar at Miami University. My current area of interest is in Phytochemicals and the use of medicinal plants for the maintenance of human health and treatment of illnesses.

Teaching Experience

  • Adjunct Professor of Biology. Southern State Community College 2013 – 2017.
  • Environmental Educator. Hefner Museum of Natural History. Miami University 2011 – 2013.
  • Adjunct Instructor. Southern State Community College 2006 – 2011.
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor. University of Cincinnati 2006 – 2010.
  • Winton Woods City Schools. Science Teacher 1976 -2006.


  • Field Research. Audubon Christmas Bird Count. 2006 – 2013.
  • Bioblitz. Caesar Creek State Park. September 2012.
  • Bioblitz. Old Woman’s Creek Natural Estuarine Research Reserve and State Nature Preserve. July 2009.
  • Ohio Biological Survey. Declining Frog and Toad Population Survey. 1998 – 2006.