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Dunlop, Debra

Associate Dean of Natural & Social Sciences Division / Professor, Biology and Health Science

Phone: 603.428.2233

Degrees, Certifications

PhD, Botany, University of New Hampshire
MS, Botany, University of New Hampshire
BA, Biology, New England College

Professional Background, Scholarship Highlights

  • For over 25 years, Dr. Dunlop has taught courses on Plants, Ecology, Nutrition, and New England Natural History, and she often travels to Belize with Tropical Marine Ecology students.
  • Her research has taken her across the US from the coast of Newfoundland to the high elevations of the Rockies and Sierras. Her favorite place to visit is a peat bog, and she has traveled to the Canadian Maritimes and Iceland for large vistas with northern/arctic plants and animals.


  • Dunlop, D. A. and G. E. Crow. 1999. The taxonomy of Carex section Scirpinae (Cyperaceae). Rhodora 101: 163-199.
  • Dunlop, D. A. 1997. Taxonomic changes in Carex (section Scirpinae), Cyperaceae). Novon 7:355–356.
  • Dunlop, D. A. 1997. Carex section Scirpinae. Contribution to The Flora of North America. Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, pp. 20.
  • Dunlop, D. A. 1987. Community classification of the vascular vegetation of a New Hampshire peatland. Rhodora 89: 415–440.
  • Dunlop, D. A. and G. E. Crow. 1985. Rare plants of coastal New Hampshire. Rhodora 87: 487–501.
  • Dunlop, D. A. and G. E. Crow. 1985. The vegetation and flora of the Seabrook Dunes with special reference to the rare plants. Rhodora 87: 471–486.

Service to Country, Community

  • Kilgore Award for Excellence in Teaching, New England College (2015)
  • EPSCoR Grant, Campus Compact. Environmental science to engage unrepresented students in Contoocook River Macroinvertebrate Study (2013–2014)
  • Engaged Learning Grant, Tropical Marine Ecology class in Belize (2012)
  • Engaged Learning Grant, American Society of Microbiology and Genomics Institute, Bioinformatics Workshop (2010)
  • National Institutes of Health New Hampshire IDeA Network of Biological Research Excellence (NH-INBRE) Grant, Faculty Administrator. Co-PIs: Lori Bergeron, Heather Chabot, Debra Dunlop, and James M. Newcomb.
    • Individual research component, “Neural mechanisms of circadian rhythms and interactions between clocks” (2015–2017)
    • Individual research component, “Molecular and neural mechanisms of circadian rhythms in a gastropod model system" (2013–2015)
    • Individual research component, “Properties of a circadian pacemaker and its regulation of locomotion” (2010–2013)
    • Facility renovation component (2010–2013)

Personal Interests

  • I value the close mentoring relationships I had as a New England College student and enjoy sharing my pride and facilitating these experiences for our students.
  • My goal is to facilitate student success through engaging activities with the natural world. My favorite course is New England Natural History where we spend most classes outside observing, questioning, and learning about the natural world.
  • I'm glad New England College is committed to experiential learning, civic engagement, and the natural environment. Students need to have knowledge and appreciation for the natural world, or future generations will delete resources and pollute, making life unsustainable.
  • I raise bees and chickens and have grown much of my own food for the past 45 years.