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Thomas Chrzanowski received his B.A. in 1974 from Bloomfield College (NJ) where hemajored in Biology. He pursued advanced studies in Microbial Ecology at the University ofSouth Carolina where he was awarded the M.S. in 1976 and the Ph.D. in 1981. He joined thefaculty of Department of Biology at UT Arlington in 1981.
Thomas teaches General Microbiology, Microbial Diversity, Environmental Microbiology andMicrobial Physiology. He has also taught Determinative Bacteriology and Ethics in Science. He was a recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, twice nominated for theCollege of Science’s Science Teacher of the Year, and twice nominated for the American societyfor Microbiology’s Graduate Microbiology Teacher of the Year (national award).
Thomas is a member of the Faculty Senate, coordinates both the Biology Department’s Peer-Evaluation of Teaching program, and Tenure and Promotion committee.
Dr. Chrzanowski’s research focuses on nutrient dynamics in food webs. He uses ratios of the critical nutrient elements carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus to elucidate potential controls on thegrowth and reproduction of microorganisms. His work traces the flow of these elements fromthe dissolved state, to bacteria and subsequently, to those organisms that prey upon bacteria. Hisresearch has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Environmental ProtectionAgency, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. He has published over 120research papers and abstracts.