Dr. Stuart retired in 2008 after serving in the Biology Department for 22 years. He came to UNC Asheville with 16 years of experience in the zoological field and in captive husbandry of wild animals as assistant director of the Monroe, Louisiana Zoo and manager of the Duke University Primate Center. His research interests while at UNC Asheville concerned the ecological interactions between parasites and hosts. Dr. Stuart was a renowned teacher and received several teaching awards. In 1995 he was selected to be the first faculty member from UNC Asheville to be awarded the prestigous Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence.
Mike Stuart, PhD