Professor Profile: Krochmal

By Josh Ely
Elm Staff Writer

Professor Aaron Krochmal does not just keep learning within the classroom walls.

“A large part of learning and experience comes from outside of the classroom,” he said.

Krochmal holds this philosophy to be true for not only his students teaches but for himself as well. His own education in biology began outside of the classroom at a very young age. He grew up in a suburb of New York, close to the Bronx Zoo and the Museum of Natural History. It’s a small wonder that the subject became a topic of fascination.

While at Union College, Krochmal started studied classics, but eventually decided on pursuing science.

“Biology was more charismatic,” he said.

Here at Washington College, he teaches general biology, comparative vertebrate anatomy and comparative animal physiology. He also performs fieldwork, often with his students, studying turtles and snakes and how these two species are able to migrate and thrive despite human interference with their habitat. This is partly accomplished by way of putting transmitters on the turtles to track their movements.

Krochmal also researches and has worked with rattlesnakes, looking into their infrared vision, or how they can perceive temperature. He also is interested in their signature rattle and its evolution.

When not teaching or conducting research, he has a number of hobbies. Krochmal enjoys running and cooking, with chili being his signature dish, and one he takes very seriously. Music is also a large factor in his life, and his favorite genres are rock and blues. The guitar was the first instrument he studied. A few times a year, Krochmal plays with a band in New York.

He also studied the harmonica, following in the footsteps of the musician Junior Wells.

Not many people can state for a fact that they have met their inspiration, but Krochmal can. He met him at a club in New York where Wells was playing, and he snagged the one in a million chance to go back and meet his favorite artist.

Krochmal is involved outside the classroom with WC in extracurricular activities, serving as a mentor and advisor. He’s the advisor of the Beta Beta Beta Honor Society, and the faculty advisor for Kappa Sigma.

For him, these extracurricular duties are the most fulfilling, demonstrating his commitment to providing a learning experience outside of the classroom.

April 29, 2011
Volume LXXXI Issue 24

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