My Story

I grew up in Wisconsin and spent most of my childhood outside playing in forests and creeks. Consequently, I knew I wanted to be a biologist for as long as I can remember. After receiving my undergraduate degree in Biology, I chose to specialize in water pollution ecology at the University of Washington where I received my Masters and Ph.D. Today, I actually consider myself a generalist. I have been in the Biology and Environmental Studies departments at WWC for the past 27 years teaching courses such as Ecology, Aquatic Ecology, Field Natural History, Introduction to Environmental Studies, Mycology (Fungi), and a field-based natural history course in Alaska. Outside of academics, I am the leader of the Warren Wilson Archery Club. I love all things wild and have a strong interest in obtaining my own food from gardening, fishing, hunting, and collecting wild mushrooms and berries.

Mark Brenner
River Clean Up


  • B.S. in Biology, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point
  • M.S. in Environmental Engineering and Science, University of Washington
  • Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering and Science, University of Washington

Research Interests

  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Nutrient cycling in ecosystems
  • Mycoremediation
  • Ecological approaches to waste treatment

Courses Taught

  • ENS 3020: Aquatic Ecology and Water Pollution
  • ENS 2010: Applied Ecology
  • ENS 2040: Introduction to Environmental Engineering: Water and Waste Treatment

Crews and Other Activities

  • Board member of the Environmental Quality Institute, a local non profit organization doing water quality monitoring in Western North Carolina
  • Service work with several local environmental organization such as Riverlink
  • Faculty leader of the Warren Wilson College Archery Club

Contact Dr. Brenner

(828) 771-3701
Witherspoon 104
WWC CPO 6061

PO Box 9000

Asheville, NC 28815-9000