About Me

Dr. Jeff Ploegstra

Dr. Jeff Ploegstra
Associate Professor of Biology

Phone: (712) 722-6280
Email: Jeff.Ploegstra@dordt.edu

Born in Sioux Falls SD, I have since lived in Niwot CO, New London MN, Sioux Center IA, and North Liberty, IA.  I received my BA in biology from Dordt College and received my MS in biology, MAT and PhD in science education from the University of Iowa.  While finishing my PhD, I taught Environmental Science and Biology at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids.  I have also helped to develop and lead an international summer science camp for middle and high school students from Taiwan. I joined the biology department at Dordt in 2009, and now live in Sioux Center with my wife and two children.  In my spare time, I love to read and to fix things - everything from lawn mowers to computers to cars to native Iowa prairie.

Since joining the biology department at Dordt, I have spent time conducting research regarding:

  • Population genetics of native prairies
  • Perennial crop development

I also have a strong interest in science education and have developed and led a number of professional development workshops.  More recently I have been heavily involved in the creation of the new Community Development program at Dordt.

I teach the following courses at Dordt:

  • Bio 125 Cell and Molecular Biology I
  • Bio 180 Biology Seminar
  • Bio 215 Botany
  • Bio 316 Flora of North America
  • Bio 319 Plant Physiology
  • Bio 302 Microbiology
  • Bio 310 Advanced Microbiology
  • Bio 358 Introduction to Biological Research
  • Bio 380 Directed Senior Research
  • Envr 151 Introduction to Environmental Science
  • Educ 351 Secondary Science Methods