Bachelor, College of Wooster, 1962. Master of Science, Ohio State University, 1963. Doctor of Philosophy, Ohio State University, 1967.
Postgraduate, Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary, 1969.
Lecturer Arapaho Junior College, Littleton, Colorado, 1968-1969, Haile Selassie I University, Alamaya, Ethiopia, 1969-1971. Postdoctoral fellow Ohio State University, Columbus, 1971-1972. Assistant to associate to professor Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Kentucky, since 1972.
Lay minister California Christian Church, California, Kentucky, since 1981. Member Animal Behavior Society (chair film committee 1993-1995), Association for Tropical Biology, Kentucky Academy of Science.
Married Elinor Elizabeth Emery, July 6, 1968. Children: Thomas Birch, Elisabeth Ruth Rambo Nelson.