Cindy Fitzwilliams Heck
Cindy Fitzwilliams-Heck

Biology Instructor
Office: SCI 141E
Phone: (231) 591-5849
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As an FSU faculty member since 2001, Fitzwilliams-Heck has lectured Nature Study, Environmental Biology, Ecology, Biological Concepts, and has taught General Biology labs. Her interests are in Aquatic Ecology, and Wildlife and Water Resource Management.

She was the co-coordinator of the FSU Rain Garden Project, a partnership with the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly (MRWA) and funded by the Ferris Foundation, Great Lakes Fishery Trust, and Consumers Energy Foundation. This project was part of Fitzwilliams-Heck’s efforts to have students involved with a service-learning project. Every semester she has her students participate in a stewardship project within the watershed, such as: stream clean-ups, tree planting, or invasive species removal.

Fitzwilliams-Heck serves on the MRWA Education and Muskegon River Voyage of Discovery Committees. She facilitates many MRWA workshops, and trains or supervises volunteers. Programs include the: Volunteer Stream Monitoring Workshop – Using Macroinvertebrates as Water Quality Indicators, Aquatic Academy for Teachers, Natural Shorescaping – A Workshop for Landscapers and Waterfront Homeowners, and Water Fairs for Public Schools in the Muskegon River Watershed.

She is also the advisor for the FSU Outdoor Club, a registered student organization. The club partakes in a variety of outdoor recreational pursuits, volunteers with local stewardship projects, and organizes environmental- or nature-related events or guest speakers on campus.

M.S. in Biology, Central Michigan University B.S. in Biology Education, Ferris State University

Classes Taught at Ferris State University:
BIOL 103: Biological Concepts
BIOL 111: Environmental Biology
BIOL 116: Nature Study
BIOL 442: Ecology