Geoffrey deC. Gund ’60 Teaching Chair
The Geoffrey deC. Gund ’60 Teaching Chair was established in 1997 by Geoffrey deC. Gund ’60. Since 2007, David H. Black, Jr. ’80 has held this Chair.
David Black ’80 began teaching in the Science Department in 1989, after five years as an ecologist with a consulting company, where he assessed the environmental impact of projects throughout New England. Dr. Black earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Harvard University and a PhD in ecology from the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology at the University of Kent at Canterbury, England. He used this background to develop a program in ecology and environmental science at Groton, which emphasizes field work, data analysis, and a rigorous scientific approach to the understanding of environmental issues.
Outside the classroom, Dr. Black has headed a boys' dorm and coached football, basketball, squash, and crew. He runs the Conservation Corps, an environmental science–based afternoon activity. Beyond Groton, Dr. Black is involved in the stewardship of open spaces in the Town of Groton and serves as a trustee of the Groton Conservation Trust. The parent of two Groton students, Dr. Black enjoys travel, hiking, and time spent outdoors.