Ph.D., University of New Hampshire, Plant Biology
M.S., University of New Hampshire, Plant Biology
B.S., California State Polytechnic University, Ornamental Horticulture
A.A., Saint Paul Technical Vocational Institute, Medical Lab Assistant
Professor Thompson shares her love of science with Mount Ida students as a professor and as advisor to Mount Ida’s Students Towards Environmental Progress and Sustainability (STEPS). When not in the classroom, you might find her volunteering to clean a watershed or encouraging grade-schoolers as a judge at a science fair.
Among her career highlights are having served on the Lamprey River Water Management Planning Advisory Committee and Southeast Watershed Alliance and teaching high school students how to identify native versus invasive aquatic plants.
Professor Thompson finds teaching both inspiring, satisfying and enjoys her interactions with students and learning with them. “The fields of science and biology keep changing so I have to continue to learn too. I take my students to professional conferences and symposia and I’m involved with our student organization on campus. ”
For anyone planning to enter the field, Thompson advises to have an open mind, be ready to work seven days a week and to enjoy what you do. Teaching, she says, gives her the satisfaction of knowing she can make a difference in a student’s life.
Professor Thompson has postdoctoral training in fluorescent microscopy and mating studies of wood decay fungi.
Thompson teaches Biology of Cells, Biology of Organisms, Senior Research Project, Plants & Civilization, and The Biology of Human Nutrition.