Faculty Profile


Bruce Congdon

Professor Emeritus of Biology

Email: bcongdon@spu.edu

Education: BS, College of the Ozarks, 1979; MS, Colorado State University, 1981; PhD, University of California, Riverside, 1985. At SPU 1985-2020.

Bruce Congdon came to SPU to teach and learn about the biology, ecology, and evolution of animals in the context of Christian faith. This was Dr. Congdon’s focus for 10 years, at which time he began to incorporate leadership roles into his calling as a teacher and researcher. 

In 1993, Dr. Congdon became chair of the Department of Biology. In 1995, the directorship of Blakely Island Field Station was added. In 2000, he was appointed associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, and in 2003 was hired as the full-time dean of the College. With later reorganization, he was dean of sciences. He served in 2013-2014 and 2019-2020 as interim provost for Seattle Pacific University. He became professor emeritus upon retiring in 2020.

Selected Publications

Mueller, K.W.; Brouwer, N.L.; and B.D. Congdon (2005). “Characteristics of unexploited Black Bass populations from a remote lake in the San Juan Archipelago, Washington.” Northwest Science 79(2/3): 131–40.

Congdon, B.D. (2002). “The family Phytoseiidae (Acari) in western Washington State with descriptions of three new species.” International Journal of Acarology 28(1): 3–27.

Congdon, B.D.; C.H. Shanks; and A.L. Antonelli (1993). “Population interaction between Stethorus punctum picipes (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) and spider mites (Acari: Tetranychidae) at low predator and prey densities.” Environmental. Entomology 22: 1302–07.

Please see Dr. Congdon’s CV (PDF) for more publications.

Biology | Why I Teach

Why I Taught at SPU

Bruce Congdon, Professor Emeritus of Biology

“In both teaching and leadership roles, my reason for being at SPU was to contribute to this place of exploration, discovery, creativity, conversation, and growth. It is a high privilege to be a part of the SPU enterprise, working as a community to create settings that nurture and enhance learning. Best of all, we did this in a context of Christian faith, of deepening relationships, service, integrity, and, ultimately, love.”