Sue S. Van Hook

Senior Teaching Associate in Biology

Dana Science Center   Room 329A
Department of Biology
Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, New York 12866

Telephone: (518) 580-5085

Fax: (518) 580-5071


M.A., Biology, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
B.A., Botany and French, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
Courses Taught:
Unity of Life (BI 105)
Diversity of Life (BI 106)
Field Studies in Environmental Science (ES 105)
Plant Biology (BI 237)
Teaching Interests:
Sue Van Hook can most often be found on hands and knees in search of fungi in Skidmore's North Woods. She engages students in various mycoremediation projects as part of the first year biology majors course. Using fungal mycelium she and students have worked to restore segments of trail and degrade stable waste. She collaborates with researchers at RPI in Troy, NY growing fungi for "green" products. In 2007, Sue produced Treasures in the North Woods: a guide to the natural campus at Skidmore College in collaboration with students, staff and faculty spouses. As a Senior Teaching Associate, she currently teaches laboratories for Unity of Life (BI 105) and Diversity of Life (BI 106). She chairs the Campus Environment Committee, working on campus sustainability and stewardship of the North Woods.
Sue earned her M.A. in Biology and B.A. in Botany and French from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. She worked as a naturalist and preserve manager for the Nature Conservancy in northern California and as Stewardship Director for the Maine Coast Heritage Trust before coming to Skidmore in 1992.


Treasure in the North Woods: a guide to the natural campus at Skidmore College, Digital Page, 2007. (Available from the Skidmore College Bookstore)




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