on faculty since 2011
Ph.D., Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, 2011
B.S., Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2003
For biology professor Abbie Schrotenboer, separating her faith from her work and vice versa is impossible. “As a Christian and a biologist, I see myself as an ambassador of sorts to both other Christians and other scientists,” said Schrotenboer. “My hope is that through my professional work I can demonstrate that [faith and science] are not separate parts of my life.”
Schrotenboer is no stranger to the struggle of faith vs. science that exists within her field of expertise. She received her undergraduate education at a Christian college and her doctorate from Michigan State University and was faced with the question daily.
“My hope is that this struggle does not prevent people from asking the critical question of how humans are to interact with the natural world. God calls his people to care for the creation,” said Schrotenboer. “I believe this call includes being good stewards of our resources so as not to diminish resources available to future generations and also to conserve the diversity of life on earth, all of which praises God.”
Schrotenboer has followed this call herself, participating in various research projects throughout her undergraduate and graduate years and taking her findings to the classroom at Michigan State University and now Trinity Christian College. She also spent a semester leading introductory sessions and nature walks with elementary and junior high students at the Cincinnati Nature Center, located in Milford, Ohio.
“I appreciate how my own undergraduate experiences provided this opportunity for me, and I would like to facilitate such experiences for others,” said Schrotenboer. “The opportunity to interact with students in a Christian liberal arts setting is particularly valuable, opening the door to discuss how faith and an appreciation for God’s work can motivate us to seek positive outcomes for God’s people and the natural world.”
“Discover Lake Katherine: A Vision for the Future.” Buzz N’ Bloom (Quarterly publication of Lake Katherine Nature Center), 3, 2-3. 2012.
“Modification of Native Grasses for Biofuel Production May Increase Virus Susceptibility,” with with Allen, M.S., and Malmstrom, C.M. Global Change Biology Bionenergy, 3, 360-375. 2011.
“Missing Pieces in the Ecology of Biofuel Crops: Pathogen and Vector Interactions,” with Batora, N., Goodwin, R., and Malmstrom, C.M. Ecological Society of America, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. August 2010.
“Bringing Native Plants into Cultivation for Restoration: An Example of Domesticating Nature?” with Malmstrom, C.M. Society for Ecological Restoration: Midwest Great Lakes Chapter Meeting, Madison, Wisconsin. April 2010.
“Using Remote Sensing to Evaluate the Influence of Grassland Restoration Activities on Ecosystem Forage Provisioning Services,” with Barber, C., Butterfield, H.S., Dieter, B., Harrison, R., Malstrom, C.M., Qi, J.Q., Riano, D., Stone, S., Stoner, C.J., Wirka, J. Restoration Ecology, 17, 526-538. 2009.