Samuel Hirt, originally from Fairbanks, Alaska, has lived in Utah, Alabama, Oregon, and now Virginia. Hirt served a mission in Winnipeg, Canada and is married with 5 kids. He loves activities that he can do with his family such as camping, hiking, playing and watching sports. Hirt’s testimony has been strengthened as he has asked questions and drawn parallels between his academic pursuits and spiritual learning, as well as through the rewarding pursuit of raising an eternal family.
Hirt attended Brigham Young University as an undergraduate where he earned a B.S. in Integrative Biology. He earned his master’s degree at Auburn University where he studied the migration patterns of silver-haired bats. Hirt stayed at Auburn University for his PhD where he analyzed baleen of bowhead whales to assess the “big mother” hypothesis. His research interests are generally in physiological ecology of vertebrates and specifically using methods analyzing stable isotopes and hormone concentrations in biological samples. Hirt enjoys hands-on, active learning teaching methods in small class sizes, which formed part of his decision to become a faculty member at Southern Virginia University. Hirt is eager to teach and expand his ability to reach students and open their minds to the world of Biology.Contact Information:
Southern Virginia University
One University Hill Drive
Buena Vista, VA 24416
105 Durham Hall office