Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Sciences, University of Illinois-Chicago

Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, Lake Forest College

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Barbara Zorn-Arnold
Barbara Zorn-Arnold, PhD
College of Liberal Arts


"I find it rewarding when students exceed their own expectations."

Dr. Barbara Zorn-Arnold is an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Studies division of the College of Liberal Arts at Ashford University. She earned her PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Illinois-Chicago and her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Lake Forest College. Dr. Zorn-Arnold has been teaching and conducting ecological research since 2000. She has held teaching and research positions with Northwestern University, the Chicago Botanic Garden, and the University of Illinois-Chicago. Dr. Zorn-Arnold owned and operated BioResearch Services Inc., a consulting firm aimed at providing practical environmental solutions. She draws upon her professional and research background to promote inquiry-based learning that can be applied to address complex environmental issues. Dr. Zorn-Arnold has been a faculty member with Ashford since 2011 and says, “I enjoy teaching because it gives me the opportunity to be a part of someone’s journey. I find it rewarding when students exceed their own expectations.” Her hobbies include playing the guitar, painting watercolor landscapes, practicing pilates, going to the opera, watching classic cinema, reading books in all subjects, and traveling.