My Story

I grew up in the rural pacific northwest and have always had an affinity for nature and agriculture. This led me to pursue a Ph.D. focusing on the vertebrate embryo pattern formation (think “Why is my thumb different than my pinkie?”; “Why is the top of my hand different than the palm of my hand?”). After completing my degree, I worked in both the animal health industry and in academics. My current research interests span working with the Warren Wilson College farm on animal agriculture projects to laboratory work focused on the developmental biology and ecology of tardigrades. I joined the faculty at Warren Wilson in the Fall of 2018. Ever since learning about Warren Wilson, its history, and the school’s approach to education, I was interested in being part of the community—very happy to now be part of the staff.


  • B.S. in Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming
  • Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests

  • Sustainable practices in animal agriculture
  • Developmental biology and ecology of tardigrades

Courses Taught

  • ENS 3500: Global Environmental Health
  • BIO 2170: Introduction to Animal Science
  • BIO 1160: General Biology

Crews and Other Activities

  • Supervises the Biology Research Crew
  • Work with Farm Crew

Contact Dr. Adams

(828) 771-3777
Morse 205
CPO 6338
PO Box 9000
Asheville, NC 28815-9000