B.A., California State University - Humboldt
Ph.D., University of Alberta, Canada
Post-Doctoral Studies, University of Tennessee
Office Hours: By appointment
Dr. Peterson has served Cumberland University since 1990 as professor of biology and is responsible for instructing courses in general biology, general botany, ecology, human anatomy and physiology and flowering botany.
He recently retired from administrative duties after serving three years as Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and eight years as Vice President For Academic Affairs. Dr. Peterson's research interests include Bryophytes (mosses) of Tennessee, with a focus on the Cedars of Lebanon State Park.
Dr. Peterson is married to Anita, a native of Tennessee who also holds a Ph.D. in botany. She is currently employed as the Director of Life Healing Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Dr. Peterson and his wife enjoy travel and have recently visited China, Alaska, Australia, New Zealand, the Antarctic Peninsula, Peru and the Galapagos Islands.
Dr. Peterson is also one of the co-leaders of Cumberland University’s annual May term field trip to New Mexico where a select group of students experience life and culture of the southwest. The course focuses on the pueblos, parks and the ecology of the area. Students in biology, anthropology, history, business, art, and psychology study the same sites through the prospective of their discipline.