King named chairman of FMU Department of Biology
FLORENCE, S.C. – Peter King has been named chairman of the Francis Marion University Department of Biology.
He replaces Dr. Julia Krebs who stepped down after serving more than seven years to return to classroom teaching.
King is a professor of biology and coordinator of the biology pre-professional programs at FMU and has been cited for his service to the community and state and for service on numerous university committees.
"Dr. Carter and I are delighted that the biology faculty recommended Dr. Peter King to be the chair of the new Department of Biology," said FMU provost Richard Chapman. "Dr. King is a distinguished member of the faculty who will do a fine job as department chair."
He earned a certificate of horticulture at Sydney Technical College, a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Technology in Australia, a bachelor’s degree in animal biology and geography from the University of New England in Australia, and a doctorate in zoology from N.C. State University.
Prior to joining the FMU faculty in 1996, the Australia native taught at N.C. State University and worked as a research assistant and laboratory demonstrator at the University of New England. Before embarking on his academic career, King was a farmer.
His professional affiliations include the American Physiological Society; the Australian Herpetological Society; Beta Beta Beta, Biology Honors Society; the Chelonian Research Foundation; the National Association of Biology Teachers; the North Carolina Herpetological Society; Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society; the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology; the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles; the South Carolina Academy of Science; the Herpetologists’ League; and The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
Last Published: January 9, 2007 2:21 PM