Gross holds a B.S. in Botany from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a PhD in Biology from UIUC. His thesis research was in the area of the ecology of insect-plant interactions. He did a post-doc in the Entomology Department at the University of Maryland and then worked for ten years at the University of Maryland as a research scientist. In 1994, Gross took a tenure-track job in the Natural Sciences department at National Louis University, Evanston, was tenured and promoted to associate professor in 2000, and continued his work on insect-plant interactions and the ecological basis of biological control. Gross was then laid off in a 2012 financial crisis along with all science, math, English, and fine arts faculty. Following this, Gross moved to Roosevelt University, where he worked for one year as a visiting professor in the Department of Biological, Chemical, and Physical Sciences. When that ended, he taught as an adjunct and began doing private consulting in bio-statistics. Over three years at RU, Gross has taught 14 different graduate and undergraduate courses, including general biology core courses, marine biology, evolution, biostatistics, ecology, and prairie ecology.
Fifteen years ago, Gross exterminated his lawn and replaced it with a tall grass prairie. He has plenty of seeds of prairie wildflowers if anyone is interested.
- UCSF 137: The Scientific Basis of Environmental Issues