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Thomas Coote

Faculty member Thomas Coote in the field.

Coordinator of Sustainability Programming

Visiting Faculty in Environmental Science



Fisher Science & Academic Center

Academic Program Affiliation(s)

Areas of Specialization

  • Environmental Studies
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Bioinformatics


Research Interests: Malacology; limnology; political ecology; climate change

Favorite/Regular Courses Offered

  • Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • Introduction to Bioinformatics
  • Limnology
  • Agroecology
  • Sweet History: The science and story of maple sugaring
  • Principles of Environmental Management


PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Department of Environmental Conservation)
MSES, Bard College
BA, Bard College at Simon's Rock

Dr. Coote is the Coordinator of Sustainability Programming and a lecturer in Environmental Studies. He runs the Tropical Ecology and Sustainability program in Montserrat, and is the director of the Berkshire Environmental Research Center based on the Simon's Rock campus. His research focuses on landscape ecology and genetics with a particular focus on aquatic ecology and molluscs. His teaching draws from several disciplines including fisheries, limnology, agroecology, political ecology, landscape ecology and genetics. Dr. Coote has been the recipient of the Hudson River Foundation’s Polgar Fellowship as well as the New York National Sea Grant Fellowship. Before coming to Simon's Rock he spent a decade in the fish farming industry and taught at Waynesburg University and California University of Pennsylvania. Current research includes work on the freshwater and marine snails of the Caribbean island of Montserrat as well as the Massachusetts endangered snail Marstonia lustrica. Dr. Coote has been teaching at Simon's Rock since 2000.