Carolyn Thomas

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Carolyn Thomas
Professor of Biology and Environmental Science

Office phone: (540) 365-4368
Personal web page:
Office: Garber 119
Teaching at Ferrum since: 1979


My passion and profession is helping solve the World’s water pollution problems and specifically Virginia’s water pollution issues. If you’ve always enjoyed working in the outdoors around water, I’m the person to talk to! I am involved in many current projects that I need student assistance with. Please feel free to send me an email or give me a call and we can talk about them.

BS, Florida Southern College
MS, Unversity of Georgia
Ph.D, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 

Aquatic Ecology


Invertebrate Zoology

Pollution Science

Geology and Hydrology

Introduction to Environmental Sciences

Healthy Human Body

Human Diseases

Enviromental Policy and Planning


Thomas, Carolyn L, David M. Johnson, Carol C. Love, Jason D. Powell, and Delia R. Heck, The Smith Mountain Lake 2007 Report. Ferrum, VA. April 2008

Thomas, Carolyn Jason Powell, Carol Love, & David Johnson, Ferrum College Water Quality Procedures Manual, published by Ferrum College, Revised August 2007 and June 2008 Thomas. Carolyn and David Johnson. Published, The Claytor Lake 2006 and 2007 Report. and Poster Ferrum, VA. May 2007 and 2008.

Simmons, Jeffrey A., Bill Currie, Keith Eshleman, Karen Kuers, Susan Monteleone, Tim Negley, Bob Pohlad and Carolyn Thomas. FOREST TO RECLAIMED MINE LAND USE CHANGE LEADS TO ALTERED ECOSYSTEM STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION Publication in Ecological Applications, 18(1), 2008, pp. 104-118__2008 published by the Ecological Society of America. 2008.


Dr. Thomas is interested in research on-microbial ecology, water quality in lakes and streams, nutrient dynamics in lakes and reservoirs and in leaf decomposition in mountain streams.


Dr. Thomas is Director of the Smith Mountain Lake Water Quality Monitoring Project for 22 years.

Dr. Thomas is Director of the Claytor Lake Water Quality Monitoring Project for 14 years.

Dr. Thomas is Director of the Smith Mountain Lake Boater and Marina Owners Education Program sponsored by the Virginia Department of Health for 12 years.

Dr. Thomas is co director of the CAWS project : Collaboration through Appalachian Watershed Studies and co-director of the Ferrum Mountain Creek Watershed Study Site.