Chris Young, Ph.D.

Environmental Studies, Biology

Areas of expertise

  • History of science and technology
  • Urban wildlife and habitat
  • Studies of science policy
  • History of wildlife biology
  • Importance of getting women and girls involved in STEM fields


Chris Young is a professor of Biology at Alverno College, where he has taught since 2002. He teaches courses on global warming, evolution, natural history, and science education, in addition to introductory biology. Prior to coming to Alverno, Young was the assistant director of the Center for 21st Century Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. He also previously worked as a pollution control specialist for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Young has written several books, including In the Absence of Predators, about the 1920s wildlife management controversy over deer on the Kaibab Plateau, and The Environment and Science, a look at the historical relationship between environmental issues and scientific study, social attitudes and public policy. He also co-edited Evolution and Creationism, an examination of some of the most important documents in the Evolution-Creation debates. Young has also given numerous presentations across the country on the history of wildlife, conservation, ecology and field biology. He has done both radio and television interviews.

Young earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota’s Program in the History of Science and Technology in 1997. He’s a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Science Teachers Association, the National Association of Biology Teachers, the Columbia History of Science Group, the History of Science Society and the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology.