Virginia M. H. Kunkel joined the Norwich faculty in 1995.
She earned her BS in wildlife biology from Colorado State University in 1980 and her MS in ecology from Pennsylvania State University in 1983. While at Colorado State, Kunkel completed undergraduate research on beavers.
She studied white-tailed deer and their habitat use in Pennsylvania for her master’s thesis. She used Pennsylvania State Game Lands and the areas with controlled logging to analyze deer use of various ages of native fauna.
At Norwich University, Kunkel teaches Principles of Biology I and II, as well as Concepts in Biology--a general biology course for non-science majors. Each of these courses also includes laboratory study. To help coordinate the lectures with the labs, Kunkel has authored lab manuals for each course. Students use the manuals to guide them through each lab, as well as to prompt them to summarize and emphasize important information. Additionally, Kunkel is the study abroad coordinator for the Biology Department. She has developed a curriculum that allows any student to attend Norwich and earn a bachelor’s degree in biology in four years, while also spending one semester studying overseas.
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