Dr. Benjamin Brooks, Department Chair
Phone: (704) 406-4387

Alumni Spotlight - Dave Merryman

David Merryman graduated manga cum laude with a degree in Biology and minor in Chemistry from Gardner-Webb University in May 2005. During his time as an undergraduate, Merryman served as president of Beta Beta Beta, an academic club that recognizes and encourages scholarship in Biology.


He went on to earn a Masters of Science degree in Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology in 2008 at Frostburg State University in Frederick, Md.


Soon after graduating, Merryman accepted the position of Catawba River Keeper Director, serving as the primary voice for the river in advocacy, education, and protection.


Merryman is also a board member for the Catawba-Wateree Relicensing Coalition and the River District while serving on the York County Culture and Heritage Museum’s River Advisory Committee. He has presented papers and has spoken at Regional and National conventions on environmental and social topics.

David and his wife, Jennifer, an art counselor for a local non-profit organization, live in Huntersville, N.C.