About Philip

I was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. My parents immigrated from Czechoslovakia in 1968, and I have one brother. I stayed in Calgary through my B.S. and M.S., then moving to the USA for my Ph.D. and postdoc. I am now an Assistant Professor at Clark University in Worcester, MA. From an early age, my brother and I were taught an appreciation for nature and the outdoors. We were also brought up with snakes, lizards, and other exotic creatures around the house. These aspects of my childhood have stayed with me, shaping my current academic and non-academic interests.

My hobbies have included judo, which I studied for 16 years, earning a shodan, and keeping various exotic animals. With an academic career path, these two hobbies have been hard to keep up with, although I have plenty of reptiles and amphibians in my reserach lab.

My current interests include reading, cooking, photography, and various outdoor sports. I've downhill skied and hiked all of my life. In the last ten years, I've gotten into bouldering, rock and ice climbing, cross-country skiing, yoga, and running. Click on the photos below for some galleries. If you're interested in more details, you can email me.

  My Family

Family and Friends


Food and Cooking


Outdoor Activities

Reptiles and Amphibians

Photography - Reptiles & Amphibians


Photography - Nature

© 2005-2016 Philip J. Bergmann. Updated 3.2.2016