Science Faculty

Joseph Corbin III - Associate Professor


An Associate Professor of Environmental Studies since 2009, Dr. Joseph Corbin III teaches a variety of classes including World Geography, Practical Chemistry, Energy and Society, and Principles of Physical Science. He was nominated for the 2010 and 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award at SNHU.     

Corbin received his Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Geoscience from West Virginia University, his Master of Science in Environmental Science and his Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences from Washington State University.

Corbin is a faculty expert at SNHU in the area of hazardous waste remediation and serves as vice president of the School of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee and as faculty advisor for the SNHU hockey team.

Corbin's journal articles include, Corbin III, J.F., A.L. Teel, R.M. Allen-King, and R.J. Watts. "Reactive oxygen species responsible for the enhanced desorption of dodecane in modified Fenton's systems." Water Environment Research. 79(1), 37-42

Karen Erickson - Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences


Dr. Karen Erickson came to SNHU in 2006 after 15 years at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she was on the political science faculty and awarded emerita rank. She directed programs in science, education, public policy and in Arctic affairs and policies assessment. Erickson also has held university teaching and administrative posts in Canada and Norway.

Erickson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stanford, a Master of Arts in Political Science and Doctor of Philosophy from Harvard.

Erickson is a founder of the University of the Arctic and was on the U.S. delegation to the Arctic Council. Her publications cover Arctic and international politics, security, environmental policy, cold war legacies, rural education and postwar politics of Finland.

A winner of two Fulbright awards, Erickson has held fellowships with the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, the Scholar's Roundtable-NYU School of Law and the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education. She is a Leadership Fellow of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement and a member of the board of directors of the American Conference of Academic Deans as well as the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire.

Katharine York - Assistant Professor


Dr. Katharine York joined SNHU in 2010 as a lecturer in science and teaches the general biology classes and labs. She is also the program coordinator for the Middle School Science Education program and works closely with the School of Education to supervise new science teachers in the state of New Hampshire.  York was nominated for SNHU's Outstanding Teacher Award in 2011 and 2012. York's research interests include bioethics and emerging technologies, effective assessment and teaching methods in science, biology laboratory curriculum and practice, and philosophical and ethical issues surrounding the relationship of humans to the natural world.

York received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, her Master of Education in Secondary Education: Biology and her Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resources from the University of New Hampshire in Durham.

Professional memberships include the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), Association of Biology Laboratory Educators (ABLE), National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT).

Conference presentations include "The Nature of Dissection: Exploring Student Conceptions," presented at NARST (National Association for Research in Science Teaching) in Dallas, April 2005.

Kevin J. Degnan - Dept. Chair, Professor


Teaching since 1980, Dr. Kevin Degnan joined SNHU in 1995. Degnan is a professor of science and mathematics, and chair of the Science department. He has taught courses in physiology, anatomy, environmental science, general biology, physical sciences, and mathematics. Degnan’s research experience provides a solid background in chemistry, physics, biotechnology, math, scientific writing, and computer technology, which he brings to the classroom.

Degnan received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Manhattan College, Master of Science in Biology and Environmental Science and his Doctor of Philosophy in Physiology and Biophysics from New York University.

At SNHU, Degnan has served on the Dual Enrollment Committee, Summer Environmental Biology Program, as a biology major advisor and a student research advisor.

Degnan has published extensively including scientific publications, research papers, book chapters and scientific reports.

Michele Goldsmith - Associate Professor


Dr. Michele Goldsmith is the Papoutsy Distinguished Chair in Ethics and Social Responsibility and associate professor of Science at SNHU. Prior to her current position, she was the scientist-in-residence at Emerson College, assistant professor at Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine,and the McKennan Postdoctoral Fellow at Dartmouth College. She received a Master of Science from Bucknell University and Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Anthropology from Stony Brook University.

As a Fulbright Scholar, she studied lowland gorillas in the Congo, and in 1999, as a National Geographic researcher, began her long-term study examining the impacts and ethical implications of mountain gorilla tourism in Uganda.

Goldsmith is on the board of the Great Ape World Heritage Species Project and Conservation New Hampshire and has published numerous scientific articles, book chapters and is co-editor of "Gorilla Biology: A Multidisciplinary Perspective," Cambridge University Press. Although primates are her focus, she is interested in conservation and ethical issues surrounding all wild and captive animals.