John Commito

Professor of Environmental Studies and Biology

Commito earned a bachelor's degree in Biology from Cornell University and his doctorate in marine science at Duke University. He was chosen as Pennsylvania Professor of the year in 2007 and Maryland Professor of the Year in 1991. Prior to coming to Gettysburg, he taught at the University of Maine system and Hood College. For more information, please visit the Environmental Studies Department.


Marine ecology, principles of ecology, impact of the automobile and American culture

Expertise: Sea floor ecology, land use issues

Education: Bachelors Degree from Cornell University, PhD in Marine Science from Duke University

Recent Work:

Commito was named the 2007 Pennsylvania Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the National Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Commito's research on the ecology of the sea floor takes him to study sites in the US, Norway, New Zealand, and Italy. In Maine, he investigates predator-prey interactions, animal dispersal mechanisms, and mathematical models of population distribution patterns.

Contact Information:

Campus Box 2455
Science Center
North Washington Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Media Director's Contact Information:

Jamie Yates
Director of Communications & Media Relations

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