Maura G. Tyrrell

Biography

In 1960 I came from New Orleans to Stonehill to start college. As there was no housing for women on campus, I boarded in Brockton. I loved the college and my courses but transportation problems were overwhelming, so I transferred to Trinity in Washington, D.C., my birthplace, where my family now lived, after my first year.

After graduation I went to the University of Delaware for graduate work in marine biology. I spent several years as a marine environmental educator in Delaware as the Director of an ESEA Title III project, The Sea Beside Us, and also in part concurrently as a marine environmental education curriculum developer at the University of Delaware. I then taught for two years at what is now Delaware State University. In 1975 I came back to Stonehill to teach biology and I have been here ever since.

Education

  • B.A., Trinity University, Washington, D.C.
  • Ph.D., University of Delaware

Research Interests

  • Currently I am very fortunate to be able to work with Diane and Bob Peabody on the evolutionary biology (genetics, ecology) of Armillaria, a basidiomycete fungus with the potential to cause severe economic damage when it switches from saprotrophic to parasitic nutrition.

Courses Taught

  • Ecology
  • Scientific Methods: The Ocean
  • Marine Ecosystems
  • Environmental Botany
  • Biological Principles I