James Schneider began teaching at Inver Hills in 2003. The courses James typically teaches are Exploring Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Microbiology. He has an M.A. in Education from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. At SMU, he focused on curriculum design and admissions policy.

 

He has a B.S. in Zoology/Animal Biology from St. Cloud State University. While at St. Cloud, he attended the British Studies Center in Alnwick, England. His focus areas at St. Cloud were zoology and aquatic ecology. James also completed two years of biology graduate studies and research at Bemidji State University, where he conducted a field study on the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe's White Earth Reservation using funds he received from a Clean Lakes Program (EPA) grant. At BSU, he focused on shallow lake ecology and invertebrate zoology.

 

 

His professional experience in the biology field includes teaching at several area colleges. He also worked as a naturalist at the St. Cloud Heritage Nature Center, as an environmental officer assistant for Benton County Planning and Zoning, and as a research assistant investigating the hyporheic zone, or the interface of groundwater and stream surface water.

 

In his free time, James pursues SCUBA diving, beer brewing, biking and aquaculture.