Blake earned a Bachelor of Arts in Physiology and Cell Biology from UCSB (1991) and a Master of Arts in Biological Science with an emphasis in Comparative Physiology (1996). At this time, Blake knew that his goal was a career focused on teaching. He was hired as an adjunct faculty member by the Department of Biological Sciences at SBCC in 1996 and as a full-time, tenure-track professor in 1999. During his years at SBCC, Blake has taught 14 different courses in the Biological Sciences Department. This diversity has provided Blake with a breadth of knowledge that he can continually integrate and share with students.
Hiking, camping, swimming and reading are among Blake’s favorite activities so it is perhaps unsurprising that Blake has been the Faculty Advisor for the Biology Club since Fall 2008. The level of dedication to service and exploration exemplified by the devoted student members of the SBCC Biology Club is impressive.
Blake’s teaching philosophy is characterized by high expectations for both himself and his students tempered with compassionate consideration of the diversity of our students and recognition of both their fears and potential. As primates, humans are social critters. Our survival and ability to thrive is predicated on our establishing effective relationships and staying connected. Blake looks forward to many more years of adventure, discovery and fun at SBCC!