Robert Furrow is a Thinking Matters Fellow at Stanford University, specializing in teaching Biology, Statistics, and Mathematics. He received his BA in Mathematics from Harvard University in 2007, and his PhD in Ecology and Evolution from Stanford University in 2014. His research interests span organismal biology and include the inheritance of epigenetic and other non-genetic traits, the evolution of mutation rates, and methods for gathering and analyzing wildlife survey data. Before becoming a Thinking Matters Fellow, Robert taught as adjunct faculty at San Jose State University. In parallel to teaching within the Thinking Matters program, Robert is working on initiatives to reshape the curriculum in Stanford's undergraduate Ecology and Evolution track, and is analyzing university-wide data about factors influencing student success and retention in STEM fields.
Robert is also an avid birder. He leads nature walks through several Bay Area organizations, and serves on the board of Sequoia Audubon Society. He focuses on green birding -- encouraging people to appreciate their local birds and other nature on foot, by bike, or by public transportion.