Norris Muth joined the Juniata faculty in 2007 as an assistant professor of biology. Before coming to Juniata, Muth worked as a postdoctoral researcher and teaching associate at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa. from 2005 to 2007.
He earned a bachelor's degree in environmental studies in 1997 from Brown University, in Providence, R.I. and went on to earn a master's degree in forestry science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 1999. He earned a doctorate in ecology and evolution from the State University of New York, Stony Brook in 2006.
From 1999 to 2004, Muth worked as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn., where he taught classes in evolution, biodiversity, plant ecology and general ecology.
His research interests center on conservation biology, community ecology and the history and philosophy of science. He is particularly interested in how to assess the impact of biological invasions of species and how biological communities interact and react to invasive species. He has published his work in several professional journals, including an article on using invasive species biology to teach about evolution in Evolutionary Science and Society: Educating a New Generation. He also has published articles in Philosophy Now and the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology.
Muth has taught courses in general biology, evolutionary biology, natural history interpretation and the history and philosophy of science. In addition to his academic career, Muth also worked as a research librarian at the Peabody Museum of natural History in New Haven, Conn. from 1997 to 1998 and worked as a U.S. National park Service ranger in Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine and at the San Juan Islands national Historical park in Friday Harbor, Wash.