Sarah Cunningham

Unity College Assistant Professor Sarah Cunningham
Assistant Professor/Director of the Center for Experiential and Environmental Education
Phone Number 
Office Location 
Founders Hall South, Room 214
Curriculum Vitae 
Experiential and Environmental Education

Academic Background

PhD, Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley
BS, Biology, Brown University

I have been fascinated by animal behavior for as long as I can remember.  As a child I read Jack London and watched Gorillas in the Mist, and my plan was to live in the wilderness with the animals.  However, as I got older I realized that I enjoy human company, too!  In graduate school I studied mammalian social behavior and species with unusual characteristics, such as spotted hyenas and woodrats.  However, I found myself enjoying teaching and animal husbandry as much as I enjoyed the intellectual challenge of research.  After graduate school, I began working at the San Francisco Zoo because it was a place where I could both teach people and work with animals. I worked in the Children’s Zoo and in the carnivore section, and I also helped plan enrichment and training across the zoo.  Unity’s unique Captive Wildlife Care and Education program has brought me back to academia, where I enjoy caring for students and sharing my enthusiasm with them.

When not working, I enjoy training my dog, playing board games, shoveling snow, listening to electronic music, and starting various artistic projects.  Occasionally, I even finish those projects.