- University of Toledo, B.S., 1996
- University of North Dakota, M.S., 1998
Professor Mary Ann Studer currently teaches Physics, Geology, Physical Science and team teaches Forensic Science I and II focusing on ballistics, forensic geology, and impression analysis. Professor Studer also teaches in the interdisciplinary Global Civilizations course series.
In addition, Professor Studer is the Associate Dean of the McMaster School for Advancing Humanity and the Director of the Carolyn M. Small Honors Program.
She was named a McMaster Fellow to Belize in 2005-2006, 2006-2007, and 2007-2008 with projects focusing on macro and micro nutrient soil analysis.
Her current research is focused on Integrated Natural Resource Management and specifically how it applies to the both the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area and the indigenous subsistence agricultural communities on the periphery of this preserve in Belize. Studer conducts micro and macro soil nutrient analysis both within the preserve and in the agricultural fields on its borders to guide more strategic management of rainforest soil. In addition to her ongoing research she has worked to support nearly twenty multidisciplinary student projects in Belize through active learning communities. In August, 2007 Professor Studer presented “Integrated Natural Resource Management as a Framework for Multidisciplinary Research in Belize” at the Athens Institute for Education and Research’s International Conference on the Environment in Athens, Greece.
Professor Studer is a member of the American Association of University Women, Zonta International, and serves on the International Education Committee of the National Collegiate Honors Council.
Her interest is international travel – she has traveled with Defiance College students to dozens of countries throughout Europe, Central America and Australia. She is passionate about teaching students to effectively cross cultures and gain an appreciation for diversity that facilitates the formation of partnerships with indigenous people.