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Dorothy Boorse

Dorothy Boorse

Professor of Biology

Chair, Department of Biology

Ph.D. 1998 Oceanography and Limnology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.S. 1993 Entomology, Cornell University
B.S. 1987 Biology, Gordon College


Dr. Boorse joined Gordon College in 1999, and has worked to bring a greater understanding of the complex interactions among wildlife and the environment to the Gordon Community and the wider world. Her primary research interests are in aquatic community ecology and invasive species. Dorothy also spends a great deal of time studying the integration of faith and science, particularly in the realm of environmental ethics. In the past several years, her time has been devoted to authoring a major environmental science textbook.

Writing and Interviews:

Watch an interview with Dr. Boorse ➔

Dr. Boorse is a co-author of Environmental Science published by Pearson, a textbook written with Gordon professor emeritus Richard Wright.


Wright R. and D. Boorse 2014. Environmental science: Toward a Sustainable Future Ed 12. Pearson

Wright, R and D. Boorse. 2011. Environmental science: Toward a Sustainable Future. Ed 11. Pearson

On Science and Faith:

"I am particularly interested in healing the rift people perceive between science and Christian faith. I'm a fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation and I sometimes write for the Intervarsity Web community (The Well) that serves women in the academy and professions."

On Creation Care and Global Climate Change:

"I am very interested in helping the Christian community understand and become leaders in solving problems associated with environmental degradation, especially climate change."

Please read Dr. Boorse's Pamphlet that discusses climate change from a Christian perspective, published by the National Association of Evangelicals: "Loving the Least of These: Addressing a Changing Environment."  

Writing related to Creation Care:

Boorse, D. 2009: “Prairie Pothole Wonder” IN Thoreau’s Legacy: American Stories about Global Warming. Penguin Classics (Section III Open Spaces, in the Interactive book)

Conflicting Claims About Environmental Problems: A Primer For Non Scientists
(Creation Care 36:24-27 )

Here is a white paper response to Inhofe- to the 2008 Inhofe Minority Report on Climate Change.

Boorse, D. 2007. My Dream . Creation Care. Fall 2007 pg. 23.

Boorse, D. 2008. Creation care: religious communities and environmental action. The Review of Faith and international Affairs. 6(3):

Other science and faith writing:

Boorse, D. 2006 “Teaching Environmental Ethics: non-indigenous invasive species as a study of human relationships to nature. Pg 160-172 In C. Palmer [ed.] Teaching Environmental Ethics. Brill: London
Boorse, D. 2004. Teaching Environmental Ethics: Invasive Species as a Study of Human Relationships to Nature. Worldviews: Environment, Culture and Religion. 8 (2-3) : 323-335(13)

Boorse, D. 2005. Anti-aging: radical longevity, environmental impacts, and Christian theology. Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith. 57( 1):55-64

Boorse, D. 2003. Overpopulation: Ecological and Biblical Principles Concerning Limitation. World Views: Environment, Culture and Religion. Vol 7 (1): 154-170.

A Review of a Part 5 of the Truth Project by Focus on the Family:
Review of Truth Project, Part 5

Research with Students. Here is a selection of more recent work.

Trevor V. Mattos, Miranda Adams MacKinnon & Dorothy F. Boorse 2012. The Intersection of Gender, Education and Health: A Community-level Survey of Education and Health Outcomes for Women in Southeastern Togo. Hii Dunia is an on-line journal of development research. Hii Dunia is an on-line journal of development research.

K. Hallenbeck, R. Keller, S. Gerard, K. Spaulding, D. Boorse, 2010 . Molecular analysis of spotted salamander populations: amplified fragment length polymorphism and genetic diversity’s correlation to breeding success. poster at Gordon College Undergraduate Research Symposium. Winner of best poster in Biological Sciences

Zimmerman, R. & D. Boorse. 2009. The Effects of dissolved Oxygen and Canopy Cover on Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) Egg Mass Abundance. poster presented by student at Undergraduate Research Symposium Bridgewater State College, Nov 15, 2009.

Schetne, M. and D. Boorse 2008. The Effect of mammal Burrow Density of Egg Mass Abundance of Spotted Salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum) in Vernal Pools . poster at Gordon College Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Schetne, M. and D. Boorse 2008. Velvet Bean and Landslides: A case study of the abonera cover cropping system in Honduras and the complications of conflicting perspectives . Honors research and poster at Gordon College Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Ames, C. J. Rosenbaum, W. Ciullo, and D. Boorse 2007. The Effect of Trace Metal Concentration on Egg Mass Abundance in Amphibians of Vernal Pools. poster presented by student at Undergraduate Research Symposium Bridgewater State College, Nov 10, 2007.

Boorse, D, E. Camp, W. Daya, L. Hamel, C. Mathison, T. Russell, 2005. “Wood frog (Rana sylvatica) and spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) egg mass abundances in relation to landscape, basin and micro-site characteristics” paper presented at Ecological Society of America Meeting Toronto, Canada Aug 2005-

Kerry, J., D. Boorse, and R. Buchsbaum. 2004. The effect of nutrient enrichment on salt marsh macro-invertebrates in three marshes in Essex County, Massachusetts. Biological Bulletin. Funded by REU fellowship funded by NSF through a collaboration with Plum Island Long Term Ecological Research station and Woods Hole Marine Biology Lab.