My Story

My life has taken many twists and turns to land me here at Warren Wilson College. As a young adult, I worked as a professional musician, a bicycle messenger, and a computer field technician on Wall Street in New York City. I then went back to college in Colorado to become a veterinarian, after which I was awarded a one year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Veterinary school in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Next, I taught for five years at the Veterinary school in Davis, California, while also earning my PhD in Applied Animal Behavior. It was this experience teaching first year veterinary students that clarified for me my love of teaching. I have been teaching at Warren Wilson College ever since (twenty years and counting). My PhD work was all about oral grooming by domestic cats. My current research interests include animal welfare, and Monarch butterfly conservation.

Bob Eckstein


  • B.S. in Biology, Colorado University, Boulder
  • D.V.M., University of Colorado, Fort Collins
  • M.S. Animal Behavior, University of California, Davis
  • Ph.D. in Applied Animal Behavior, University of California, Davis

Research Interests

  • Animal Welfare
  • Monarch Butterfly Conservation

Courses Taught

  • BIO 2170: Introduction to Animal Science
  • BIO 3480: Animal Behavior
  • BIO 4350: Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

Crews and Other Activities

  • Guitar player with the weekly Old-Time music jam
  • Faculty adviser for the Table Tennis Club
  • Active member of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society

Contact Dr. Eckstein

(828) 771-37777
Morse 205
WWC CPO 6013

PO Box 9000

Asheville, NC 28815-9000
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