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 since 1985.

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 2019 as interim provost for Seattle Pacific University. 

Dr. Congdon said that preparing for class sessions and interacting with the students has been a wonderful gift, and an opportunity to continue learning and working on the never-ending journey along the interface of Christian faith and science. He became a 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 Teach at SPU

Bruce Congdon, Professor of Biology; Dean of Sciences

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