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Anne Marguerite-Coyle

Dr. Anne Marguerite Coyle

Associate Professor of Biology - Mathematics, Science & Technology

Dr. Anne Marguerite Coyle joined the YHC faculty in the fall of 2022. Her research focuses on conservation, population, and landscape ecology, specializing in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Statistics. Her Master’s research studied the impacts of land use on fish community structure using the Index of Biological Integrity (IBI). In this, she integrated the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation into GIS to create an erosion potential model for the state of North Dakota. For her PhD and beyond, she researched the ecology of nesting golden eagles in Western North Dakota.   She is still working with her data including telemetry locations she collected from tagged juvenile golden eagles. Her research served as a model for conservation, working with multiple interest groups, agencies, businesses, and landowners. Dr. Coyle is interested in future research involving the conservation of plants and plant-insect interactions.

Previously, Dr. Coyle enjoyed teaching various science courses and hired many students to assist in her research. She particularly enjoys YHC’s undergraduate research program since it allows her to mentor students as they conduct their research. Since arriving at Young Harris College, she has taught introductory courses in biology, senior research capstone, and a GIS independent study course.

Over the years, she has worked for various federal and state agencies in GIS, ecology, wildlife/forestry management, and environmental review. She loves hiking and running, is curious about many subjects, such as history and physics, and enjoys art, music, writing, and photography.


  • M.S. Biology, Ph.D. Biology, University of North Dakota
  • B.A. Geology, Wittenberg University
Areas of Teaching Specialties/Research Interests: 


  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Conservation & Wildlife Management
  • Environmental Science
  • GIS
  • Scientific Reading and Writing
  • Botany
  • Ornithology


  • Conservation
  • Population
  • Landscape Ecology.
  • Future – Plant/Insect Interactions