Dr. William T. Lawrence
Natural Sciences Department
College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. William Lawrence is a professor in the Natural Sciences Department. A proud member of the Bowie State Community since 1997, Dr. Lawrence is an ecologist with interests in satellite remote sensing, technology applications in education and online learning. His on-campus teaching has included introductory biology, the BIOL majors' seminar and the ever-popular BIOL203 Endless Voyage marine environment course delivered through BSU Online with an enrollment of 200 or more BSU students every semester.
His recent research has included the utilization of remote sensing for environmental purposes, distance education technology, streaming media applications and a collaborative NOAA Science Center, the CREST Project, with City University of New York, Hampton University, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez and UMBC. He is beginning to develop a local receiving capability and demonstration project for NOAA and European environmental satellite data distributed by digital satellite broadcast.
Dr. Lawrence's academic training started at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he earned a BSc in Environmental Biology, with foci on botany and marine sciences. He studied and received a MSc in Ecology at San Diego State University with a comparative study of vegetation processing of solar radiation in Southern California and central Chile, and after working as a Research Technician for 3 years returned to graduate school for his PhD. His PhD was earned in Ecology jointly at University of California, Davis and San Diego State University. His PhD research was in Alaska and examined the effect of soil temperature on the ecophysiology of spruce and poplar trees in the subarctic areas near Fairbanks, Alaska.
As a Research Associate Professor he guided the study of deforestation in South America and Africa in collaboration with other scientists from NASA Goddard and the University of New Hampshire. At University of Maryland College Park he worked on other projects and became one of the first scientist/trainers for the GLOBE Project, Global Learning & Observations to Benefit the Environment; a White House initiative founded by Vice President Al Gore. In 1997 Dr. Lawrence applied to a teaching position at Bowie State University in the Natural Sciences Department...the rest is history!