Louise Grosslein

Lab Director/Instructor for Biological Sciences

Louise Grosslein has long been passionate about education, problem-solving and the environment. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and her Master’s degree in Ecology. She has taught Biology labs at Mount Holyoke College since 1982, working in Introductory Biology, Genetics, Developmental Biology, Evolution and Ecology.

Currently, she works for Stan Rachootin in Evolution, and teaches labs for Amy Frary and Rachel Fink Developmental Biology and for Martha Hoopes in Ecology. She loves the combination of teaching with live animals and plants in one course, and doing fieldwork and statistical analysis in the other.

She taught Environmental Education at the Hitchcock Center in Amherst, MA in the 1980’s, and served on the Hitchcock Center Board in the 1990’s.

Her other teaching interest is math. She taught Biology workshops and Computer programming (Logo) for SummerMath, which offered a way for high school young women to learn problem solving at Mount Holyoke College during the summer, from 1983 until 2001. At SummerMath, we tried hard to provide students with strategies and skills so that they would have the confidence to solve problems on their own.

Grosslein also gardens (growing food during the summer and winter), and is a musician and contradancer. She is seriously concerned about climate change, and serves as the chair of a Unitarian Universalist Green Sanctuary Committee.