Photo Credit: Angela Stebbins

Photo Credit: Angela Stebbins

I have been a professor of biology at Keene State College since 1992. Courses that I teach currently include Animal Behavior, Invertebrate Zoology, Ecology, Molecules and Cells, Evolution & Human Behavior, and Tropical Marine Biology.  My research has involved the behavioral ecology of spiders, especially the evolution of social behavior and the ways in which multiple factors influence foraging complexity in a web-invading, sometimes kleptoparasitic, spider.   Since 2008, I have been deeply involved in a coral reef monitoring program in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and run a Reef Education program (ecology, conservation, diversity and marine skills) for young student residents of Providenciales, TCI.   I am also an affiliate member of the Women’s and Gender Studies department at KSC and have been for years involved in numerous activist efforts (both on and off campus) around issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion.  Most recently I have become very excited about learning more and incorporating Open Pedagogical practices into my teaching. Open Education (Open Educational Resources, Open Access and Open Pedagogy) has great potential to revolutionize teaching and learning, and resonates very clearly with my passion for social justice.

Feel free to email me at kcangial@keene.edu or find me on twitter @karencang