Rick Hammer Associate Professor of Biology Holland School of Sciences & Mathematics
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Rick Hammer

Associate Professor of Biology Holland School of Sciences and Mathematics Biology


  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting and Information Systems, University of Texas, Permian Basin, 1983
  • Master of Science, Forest Science, Texas A&M University, 1993
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Botany, Interdisciplinary Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Texas A&M University, 2010

Dr. Rick Hammer is an Associate Professor of Biology and is a plant conservation biologist and ecologist. He teaches undergraduate courses in general biology, general ecology, bioinformatics, computational biology, tropical biology of Costa Rica, astrobiology (life in the universe), and environmental ethics. He is Chair of the Teaching Effectiveness Committee. He serves as a HSU Faculty representative to the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies, a Christian-based biological field research station located in Michigan. Dr. Hammer is also a member of the Au Sable faculty and will teach Restoration Ecology in summer 2018 at the Au Sable Michigan campus.

Hammer enjoys working with students outside of the classroom and is the faculty advisor for the Environmental Service Club, which was formed in 2013 and has sponsored and participated in clean-up projects and environmental awareness outreach activities.

Dr. Hammer studied evolutionary biology at Texas A&M University with a research focus on the taxonomy, molecular systematics, conservation, and evolution of plants. His current research focuses on the conservation and restoration of rare and endangered plant species.

Dr. Hammer was nominated and elected by the Baptist General Convention of Texas to serve as a member of the Creation Care Commission of the Baptist World Alliance.

Hammer is the member of several professional academic and research organizations including the Ecological Society of America (ESA). He is a member and secretary of ESA’s Environmental Justice Section and is an active participant in the Section’s efforts to launch a Scientists’ Speakers Bureau for Outreach to Faith Communities.

Outside of academia he has worked as an information technology consultant for Lockheed Martin in the F-16 Fighting Falcon program and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway.

Hammer serves as a deacon for his congregation, First Baptist Church Abilene. He is an Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 206 in Abilene. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, various ham radio activities, flying quadcopter drones, and writing. He has written articles for Christianity Today (the Behemoth) and Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine. Follow him on Twitter @RickLHammer or on local ham radio as KG5QFM.

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