Dr. Michael Nicodemus
Michael Nicodemus grew up in the small rural town of West Liberty, WV. His parents were both teachers, his mother an elementary school teacher and his father a professor of education. He spent much of his childhood either reading books or out in nature, fishing or going on "adventures" in the woods. Throughout his school years, he was passionate about science and mathematics but also deeply interested in literature.
Following in his father’s footsteps, he began his undergraduate education at The Ohio State University in the autumn of 1995 as a Pre-Medicine Biology major. Organic chemistry convinced him that medicine was not his calling, so he switched to a Religious Studies major, which was the program in which he received his B.A. in 1999.
He worked in pharmaceuticals for a year and a half but then quit and took a few months to figure out his life’s direction. During this time, he read and hiked extensively, rekindling his passion for nature and learning. He contacted a friend who was a professor in the School of Natural Resources at OSU and began a M.S. in 2001. Six years later, he completed his Ph.D. in Forestry at Purdue University. His research focused on carbon and nitrogen metabolism, plant nutrition, and carbon sequestering. During this time, he worked extensively with the youth at church and at camps, even working for a while part-time as a youth minister at the Brookston Church of Christ in Indiana.
After graduating, he spent four months camping in California to get away from the books for a while and back to the beauty of nature. In August 2008, he began teaching at Abilene Christian University. His primary interests are plant biology and physiology and environmental science. He has been attending the University Church of Christ.
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