Dr. Snyder graduated from Andrews University in 1979 with a BS in biology and finished an MS in animal behavior in 1982. He completed his doctorate at Washington State University with a degree in zoology focusing on neurophysiology.
In 1986 Dr. Snyder and his wife accepted a teaching position at West Indonesian Union College (UNAI) in Indonesia. He chaired their Biology Department and helped develop a research program for both teachers and students. The time spent there laid the groundwork for the tropical biology class he now teaches through Southern Adventist University. The Snyders returned to the United States in 1995 to begin teaching at Southern. He has taught a wide variety of classes and occasionally teaches at Rosario Beach, Washington (a Southern Adventist University affiliated marine biology station).
Dr. Snyder, professor of biology, says “It is one of my greatest joys to be able to share the wonders of this marvelously complex world with my students.” He feels that being able to discover the mysteries of the biological world is extremely satisfying.
He enjoys most outdoor sports as well as volleyball and racquetball. He also enjoys scuba diving and insect collecting.