Mr. Peter K McLean

Faculty Information

Biology, Environmental Coordinator, Forestry & Wildlife

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MA, College of William and Mary
PhD, University of Tennessee
BA, University of Virginia

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A native of Charlottesville, Va., and a graduate of Lane High School, Peter has experienced many different types of “living” classrooms. After earning his bachelor’s degree in environmental science from UVA, Peter spent three years teaching biology and history at Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg. During the summers, he led bicycle trips for high school students to England and France and was a backcountry ranger in Yellowstone National Park.

In 1984, he began work on his master’s degree at the College of William and Mary, studying the feeding ecology of Chesapeake Bay ospreys.

Peter came to St. Andrew’s after finishing his doctorate at the University of Tennessee, where he researched the population dynamics of black bears in the Great Smoky Mountains.

During the spring, Peter leads groups of St. Andrew’s students on hiking trips in the Appalachian Mountains, where they have assisted research on denning female bears. Peter’s biology students continue major long-term ecological studies of Noxontown Pond and other local environments.

Peter and his wife, Carol Ann Pala, an information specialist and library director, enjoy biking, photography, gardening, reading and beekeeping. They live in one of the farmhouses, one with geothermal heating and cooling, with their two children, Peter and Elsa '14, their cat, Monty, and two golden retrievers, Bella and Bear.