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Faculty in Ecology

David GilliganDavid Gilligan

Email: dgilligan@sterlingcollege.edu

Phone: 802-586-7711 x133

David Gilligan grew up on the Eastern Seaboard but came of age in the American West. After beginning his studies in Philosophy and Religion at Flagler College in Northeastern Florida, he left the academy for a few years to travel the continent and see what life and landscapes were all about. He resumed his studies at Prescott College in Arizona, where he studied Natural History and Ecology as both an undergraduate and a graduate student.

After a few years of working seasonally in the outdoors, Gilligan returned to Prescott College as a faculty member in the Environmental Studies and Adventure Education programs from 1999-2005. During this time he extensively explored the backcountry of the Sierra Nevada of California and later other high mountains of the world, including the Icefield Ranges of the Alaska-Yukon border country, the Highlands of Scotland, the Norwegian mountains, the Swiss Alps, the Nepal Himalaya and the Southern Alps of New Zealand, which became the subjects of three books: The Secret Sierra, In the Years of the Mountains and Rise of the Ranges of Light.

Drawn back to the East by the allure of canoe country, proximity to the North Atlantic, and, most importantly, the opportunity to develop a natural history program at Sterling College, he moved to Vermont and took a position as a faculty member in Natural History and Ecology in 2006. Since then he has developed an array of on-campus natural history courses, as well as off-campus field programs in the Sierra Nevada of California, Alaska, Newfoundland and Labrador and the coast of Maine and the Maritimes. He continues to write books and articles, including his most recent project: Nature, Culture, Consciousness: Being Human from the Pleistocene to the Present.

He lives Craftsbury, a walk through the woods from the college, a quarter mile portage from the Black River, from which one can travel by canoe to anywhere in the world.

Education

Residency, The Center for Northern Studies, 2005-2006
M.A. Natural History and Ecology, Prescott College, 1999
B.A. Natural History and Ecology; Philosophy, Prescott College, 1995

Publications

Gilligan, David Scott. 2012. Nature, Culture, Consciousness: Being Human from the Pleistocene to the Present. (in process).

Gilligan, David Scott. 2012. “Life on the Rise.” In Gayle Wattawa. New California Writing 2012. Berkeley: Heyday.

Gilligan, David Scott. 2011. Rise of the Ranges of Light: Landscapes and Change in the Mountains of California. Berkeley: Heyday.

Gilligan, David. 2010. “Seeing the Light.” In Gary Noy and Rick Heide. The Illuminated Ladscape: A Sierra Nevada Anthology. Rocklin, CA: Sierra College Press.

Gilligan, David S. 2009. “Natural History from the Ground Up.” Journal of Natural History Education.

Gilligan, David S. 2007. “Friluftsliv in America.” In Bob Henderson. Nature First: Outdoor Life the Friluftsliv Way. Toronto: Dundern.

Gilligan, David S. 2006. In the Years of the Mountains: Exploring Ecology, Geology and Culture in the World’s High Ranges. New York: Thunders Mouth.

Gilligan, David S. 2002. “A Flash in the Pan.” The Mountain Gazette.

Gilligan, David S. 2000. The Secret Sierra : The Alpine World Above the Trees. Bishop, CA: Spotted Dog.

Presentations

Rise of the Ranges of Light: Landscapes and Change in the Mountains of California. 2011. Various locations throughout California

The Nature of Nature: Human Perspectives on the Natural World from the
Paleolithic to the Present. 1999/2000/2001/2008. Association for Experiential Education Northeast Regional Conference; Prescott College Ecopsychology Conference

Friluftsliv in America: Norwegian Nature Philosophy and Outdoor Education. 2008. Association for Experiential Education Northeast Regional Conference

Mountains of the World: The Nepal Himalaya. 2004-5. The Appalachian Mountain Club, The Mono Lake Committee, The Sierra Club, Prescott Geographic Society, Sterling College, among others

Mountains of the World: The Swiss Alps. 2002-5. The Appalachian Mountain Club. The Mono Lake Committee, The Sierra Club, Prescott Geographic Society, Sterling College, among others

High Mountain Environments. 2002-5. University of Maine at Farmington, Prescott College Master of Arts Colloquium.

Geographic Explorations of Scotland’s Highlands and Islands. 2000-5. Prescott Geographic Society

The Mountains of California. 1999/2000. Prescott Geographic Society, Master of Arts Colloquium

Geologic Evolution of the Sierra Nevada. 1998. Prescott College Master of Arts Program Colloquium