Faculty Excellence
Thomas D. Lee, Ph.D.
Award Type: 
College Excellence in Teaching

Associate Professor of Forest Ecology


Lee grew up in Queens and Long Island, but spent weekends hiking with his father. "It was never about how fast we could bag summits," he says. "We always stopped along the way and talked about the patterns in the forest. The closer you look, the more it draws you in."

It was his love for the woods, coupled with wanting to get away from the social turmoil of the 1960s, that drove Lee to pursue his studies in ecology and natural resources. What he loves about New Hampshire is the number of diverse forest communities, and that he can not just lecture about characteristics of a forest, but he can take students there. From pine barrens and oak woods to peatlands, maple swamps and treeline, students learn up close why a forest is the way it is, where it has been, and where it is going.