Title: Biology Educator, Researcher
Location: Farmingdale, New York, United States
James L. Van Tassell, PhD, Biology Educator and Researcher, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education and research.
Dr. Van Tassell always loved teaching. For as long as he can remember, he wanted to inspire young minds. He attended Wagner College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1969. He went on to earn a master’s from Adelphi University in 1975. Later, in 1996 and 1998, he earned another master’s and a PhD from the City University of New York. Through his studies, Dr. Van Tassell was introduced to research, for which he discovered a passion. With his impressive credentials, he was able to pursue both education and research as career paths, wherein he consequently found much success.
From 1969 until 2000, Dr. Van Tassell taught science at H.F. Carey High School in Franklin Square, New York. Alongside this position, he worked as a field associate in the department of ichthyology at the American Museum of Natural History. One of the most enjoyable parts of his teaching career was involving his students in his research projects, as it was an exciting break from the required curriculum for everyone. In 1999, Dr. Van Tassell relocated to the biology department of Hofstra University, where he was a faculty member until 2008. Though he no longer teaches, he continues to work as a research associate with the American Museum of Natural History, which is a position he has held since 1998. Over the years, his research has been rewarded with numerous grants. Outside of his primary endeavors, Dr. Van Tassell is a member of the American Society of Ichthyology and Herpetology, the Ichthyological Society of Japan, and Sigma Xi. As a further testament to his success, Dr. Van Tassell is featured in the 5th edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering. More recently, in 2019, he was awarded the Marquis Humanitarian Award and the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.
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