A former department chair, Rischbieter teaches a variety of courses including Introductory Biology, Seminar in Biology, Botany, Plant Systematics, Biogeography, Evolution, and Paleontology. He has also taken students on travel courses to Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Australia, and Costa Rica. He has been very active in developing new approaches to classroom teaching and learning, and he was named a National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences in 2013-14. Rischbieter serves as the Pre-Pharmacy adviser and is the adviser to the new PC Fishing Club.
Rischbieter’s research interests include Carboniferous paleobotany, Eocene ecosystem diversity, and southeastern dendrochronology and dendroclimatology. He has included students in all levels of his research program, several of which are co-authors on published papers. As a result of his extensive research travels, and the discovery of a fossil location in Brazil that was later preserved as a National Historic Site, he was elected in 2004 as a Fellow in the Explorers Club.
According to Provost Don Raber, “Dr. Rischbieter is an exceptional mentor, adviser, and teacher, and his passion for research opportunities and student success personify our College’s motto – ‘while we live, we serve.’ “