Dr. Thornton graduated from Southwestern Adventist University in 1994 with a BS in
biology. He then began teaching at the secondary level while working on a MS degree
in conservation biology through Andrews University which he completed in 2000. In
2003 he accepted an invitation to teach at the collegiate level in the biology department
at Union College and graduated from University of Nebraska, Lincoln, with a Ph.D.
in environmental toxicology in 2009.
In 2010 Dr. Thornton joined the faculty at Southern Adventist University where he teaches general biology, ecology and environmental toxicology. His research interests include: Understanding alterations in gene and protein expression associated with sex determination in non-chromosomal sex inheritance systems, Elucidating synergistic effects of pesticide exposure with other xenobiotics on non-target organisms, and Exploring biblical models for biogeography.
Dr. Thornton enjoys camping, backpacking, traveling… with his wife the two daughters. He says, “My desire is that all would experience the life changing joy of undivided, uncompromised, unashamed, impassioned service to others through Jesus Christ, whenever, wherever, and with whomever they interact each and every day. ”