Professor William Brown is a vertebrate zoologist and herpetologist; he holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Arizona State University (1965, 1968) and a Ph.D. degree in Biology from the University of Utah (1973). Brown is a native of southeastern Pennsylvania where he grew up on a family farm and, when not doing chores, could be found chasing turtles and snakes in the local streams and fields. From 1974 to 1997 he was an Associate Professor of Biology at Skidmore College in New York, teaching a variety of courses (Field Zoology, Vertebrate Anatomy, Environmental Science). Since 1997 he has been an emeritus professor of biology at Skidmore College.
Currently, he is a part-time lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences, State University of New York at Albany, where for nine years he taught Field Biology and Vertebrate Histology (1997-2007), and where he currently teaches Comparative Anatomy of Chordates (2007-2009). In 1990, Brown served a one-year elected term as President of the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles (SSAR), an international professional organization of over 2,000 herpetologists, research biologists, and zoo professionals. In recent years he has served as a consultant for the State of New York in evaluating development projects impacting the timber rattlesnake as well as other reptiles and amphibians, and other wildlife. He has also provided evaluations for citizens’ conservation groups opposing inappropriate developments that impact timber rattlesnakes.