Associate Professor

Undergraduate Departments

  • Animal Biotechnology and Conservation


  • B.A. in biology, Cornell University
  • Ph.D. in animal behavior, Boston University


Dr. Fortier has been a member of the Department of Animal Biotechnology and Conservation for over 15 years. In that time, he has had the good fortune to teach courses in a number of different fields, including ecology, wildlife management, mammalogy, herpetology, animal behavior, and training and enrichment. His behavioral work has extended to several zoos where he has worked primarily in the field of animal enrichment, bringing him into contact with river otters, coatis and gray wolves.

He is active in his field, having served on the editorial board of the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science and as a reviewer for several professional journals. He actively supports undergraduate research and has been a mentor for a number of students interested in behavioral work. He states, “The field of animal training and behavior is moving so rapidly, it is difficult to keep up with new developments and impossible to ever grow bored.”


t: 215.489.4890
e: gary.fortier@delval.edu

Office Hours

Mandell 133
Hours posted on door, vary by semester