Dr. Matt, as his students call him, received his BA degree from the University of Michigan, his MS degree from Eastern Michigan University, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Kansas. He has over 40 years of teaching experience at a number of private and public universities including the University of Kansas, California State University, Boston University, Harvard University (summer term), Grand Valley State University, Aquinas College, Michigan State University and Grand Rapids Community College, where he is currently professor of zoology and anatomy and physiology. His diverse background in teaching and research has made him understand the strengths and weaknesses presented by students from all levels of socioeconomic class and academic preparation.
Beyond teaching, Dr. Matt is the consultant for the Frederick Meijer Garden in Grand Rapids, a board member of the John Ball Zoo, and the series editor for the University of Michigan’s Great Lakes Environmental Series. He has served as a consultant for the BBC, the Boston Museum of Science, Arthur D. Little, Inc., and the Van Andel Museum of Science.
Dr. Matt has been the recipient of National Science Foundation grants and has published a number of research papers in academic journals such as Science, Evolution, and Psyche, as well as lay person articles as a continuing “science and society” column in the Boston Herald, and lay magazines such as Audubon, Sierra, and Natural History. Dr. Matt has written screenplays and science fiction/fantasy novels, provided chapters and content editing for several ecology and zoology textbooks, published natural history books for the University of Michigan Press, and written novels and children’s science books. Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology was his latest endeavor into human biology along with co-authors Gary Thibodeau and Kevin Patton.