Nov. 3: Dean Thomas Nelson remembrance

By Robert Boos
Posted October 24, 2016

Tom Nelson

Tom Nelson, dean of the College of Science

A celebration in remembrance of Dean Thomas Nelson will be 2:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 at the  Science Education Center atrium, Saint Paul Campus.

A brief program will begin at 3:15 p.m. and will include a welcome by President Ginny Arthur and several speakers. RSVP here.

With your colleagues and friends, please come share your favorite stories and memories of Tom, who died of cancer in August. He was loved by many including his colleagues at Metropolitan State University.  Prior to joining Metropolitan State, he was dean at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Ga., and before that, chair and director of the biology and environmental science departments at the University of North Georgia, Eastern Illinois University and Arkansas Tech University.

Tom’s career spanned 26 years, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in ecology, conservation biology and environmental science. He published more than 40 peer-reviewed research articles and a scientific monograph, and he authored or co-authored 80 papers at professional conferences. He secured more than $2 million in grants to support research and scholarships from sources such as the National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service and the Department of Defense, as well as numerous state and local environmental agencies.

A memorial scholarship website has been set up to benefit students in the natural sciences at Metropolitan State.