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Barbara Blonder: Faculty and Staff

Barbara I. Blonder
Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Research


Natural Sciences

More Information:

Barbara Blonder & the Grouper


M.S. Marine Biology, Florida Institute of Technology
B.A. Zoology, University of New Hampshire

Courses Taught

NAS 104 -  Life Science
NAS 107 – Environmental Science
NAS 111 – Intro to Biological Science I
NAS 203 – Marine Biology
NAS 214 – Principles of Ecology
NAS 300 – Science Methods
NAS 310 – Field Methods
NAS 405 – Biodiversity and Conservation

Background, Publications and Research Interests

Professor Blonder has been teaching full-time at Flagler College for more than 10 years. Her graduate research at Florida Institute of Technology focused on stingrays (1988.Blonder, B.I and W.S. Alevizon. Prey discrimination and electroreception in the stingray Dasyatis sabina. Copeia (1):33-36).

 Before returning to academia at Flagler College, she had a long and rewarding career as an ecologist, both in marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Her experience includes work as a divemaster and marine science teacher on Andros Island in the Bahamas, and researching the population dynamics of the Spiny Lobster, Panulirus argus, for the Florida Marine Research Institute in the Florida Keys. These two positions enabled her to log more than 1,000 dives, and the latter resulted in two publications:        1989. D.W. Heatwole , J.H. Hunt and Barbara I. Blonder. Offshore recruitment of postlarval spiny lobster, Panulirus argus, at Looe Key reef, Florida. Proc. Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Inst. 40.

1990. J.H. Hunt,D. Forcucci, W.G. Lyons and B.I. Blonder. Effects of recreational and commercial harvest on spiny lobster abundance at Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary, Florida. Proc. Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Inst. 41.

She then went on to work in the field of conservation ecology, earning numerous certifications in prescribed fire including Florida Certified Burn Boss. Her career in fire ecology began with the Florida Park Service, then took her to the Outer Banks with the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve  (1999. Blonder, B.I. and S.Y. Erdle. Resource Management Plan for the Zuni Pine Barrens. Natural Heritage Technical Report # 99-15. Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Natural Heritage, Richmond, VA. 49pp + appendices). She worked for The Nature Conservancy for 9 years in North Carolina, Molokai, Hawaii, and finally northeast Florida.

Her current research focus is on fire ecology, with an emphasis on fire effects in the Coastal Strand ecosystem.

She has presented her work at two conferences:

2010. Society for College Science Teaching/National Science Teachers Association National Conference in Philadelphia, PA. “Last Chance: Using Non-traditional Pedagogies to Improve Non-majors’ Appreciation and Understanding of Science”.

2012. Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences (San Jose, California Annual Conference). “Case Study: Developing and Implementing a Community-based Science Research Program and Coursework for Undergraduates”. Barbara Blonder and Kenneth Rainer (Education Coordinator, Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve).

She is currently collaborating with Dr. Sally Blake, Professor, Education Department, in furthering these science education research interests. Professor Blonder has been mentoring students in field-based undergraduate research projects since 2010, both for Capstone course-related work and Independent studies.

  • Professor Blonder has been recognized with the following:
  • Who’s Who of American Teachers (2002-2003, 2003-2004, 2004-2005).
  • Phi Alpha Omega Flagler College Chapter Woman of the Year Award, 2006.
  • Florida Campus Compact STEM Service-learning Faculty Fellow (2013)
  • Dean’s Award for Leadership and Service (2012-2013) and the Dean’s Award for Leadership (2008-2009) for her work as Chair of the Flagler College Faculty Senate.

Fun fact: Professor Blonder demonstrated her environmentally-correct commitment to 2-wheeled travel by completing a cross-country bicycling challenge, from St. Augustine, FL to San Francisco, CA during the summer of 2011.

Office Location:

   Prof. Barbara Blonder
   Kenan Hall 507