Dr. Ippolito received his B.S. in Biology from Yale University in 1979 and his Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1985. His doctoral research focused on competition between an invasive species and native bass in a power plant reservoir in East Texas. After a four-year stint teaching marine biology at the University of New England in Southern Maine, Dr. Ippolito took his present position with Anderson University, where he has taught for the past 26 years. While on the AU faculty, Dr. Ippolito has developed interests in the fields of ecology and philosophy of science. He has conducted long-term monitoring of the White River in Anderson using benthic macroinvertebrates as indicator organisms and currently shares his data with the Anderson Stormwater Department. Several of his students have presented their findings at the Butler undergraduate conference. Dr. Ippolito also teaches an upper division seminar on the integration of faith and science and is currently investigating the question of how to reconcile Divine action and special Providence with the insights of modern science.
Dr. Ippolito is also a member of the summer faculty of the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies in Mancelona, Michigan. He has taught either fish biology or aquatic ecology at Au Sable for all but one of the past twenty-one summers. Dr. Ippolito has also taught stream ecology for the Creation Care Study Program (CCSP) at both their Belize and New Zealand campuses.
Dr. Ippolito is married to Dr. Kimberly Lyle-Ippolito, also a member of the Anderson University Biology faculty. Together they have five children, three of whom have received or are in the process of achieving advanced degrees in their respective disciplines.
Dr. Ippolito enjoys reading, traveling, and classical music. He is also an accomplished martial artist, holding a rank of fourth-degree black belt in Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate, as well as lesser belts in three other styles. He was the 2003 AAU black belt senior champion for the Midwest region.
B.S.; Yale University
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin