Guralnick Lab - Teaching
What lab PI Guralnick (and students) teach



Students in the lab have served as teaching assistants in a number of EBIO courses including:
- Animal Diversity:
- Animal Diversity:
- Biology for non-majors
- EBIO Writing Lab
- Ecology
- Evolution
- General Biology
- Genetics
- Human Anatomy
- Mammalogy
- Plant Kingdom
- Plant Systematics




Courses in the Ecol. and Evol. Biology Dept.

Animal Diversity: Invertebrates (Spring 2013, 2011, Fall 2008, 2006, 2004) (formerly Invertebrate Biology taught in Fall 2001, Spring 2003).  An introduction to the majority of animal diversity with a special emphasis on evolutionary history, biodiversity, function and ecology. Completely revamped lab and lectures, Summer and Fall 2001. Course emphasis shifted toward diversity in 2004. 

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Analyzing Shape: Quantitative Approaches to Shape (Fall 2002).  A graduate seminar initially covering some traditional statistical approaches to measuring shape and then delving into new methods, focusing on outline and landmark based approaches. The course focuses on reading primary literature and on completing a project using the tools learned in the course.

Scientific Survival (Spring 2003, Spring 2005, Spring 2009), Co-instructor with Deane Bowers 2003-2005, and Pieter Johnson 2009.  This course teaches the pragmatic aspects of being involved in science in general and academia in particular. Students participate in hands-on processes like grant writing and grant review, oral presentation of scientific information, and discussion of case-studies in scientific ethics.

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A Macroecological Perspective on Biodiversity and Biogeography (Spring '08).  A seminar that combines readings in the primary literature in macroecology, biodiversity and biogeography, focusing on larger spatial scale patterns from regional to global.  The seminar combines primary literature with hands-on computer lab exercises teaching the basics of Geographic Information Systems, and new spatial ecology tools. 

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 Museum and Field Studies Courses

Museums and Digital Media (Spring 2001, 2003, Fall 2005, 2007, 2010, 2012).  The main purpose of this seminar is to provide each student with the opportunity to fully explore the links between museums and digital technology.  We dig into the changing nature of museums in a century dominated by a major transformative shift in how we generate data, information and knowledge built around technology.   The course examines these transformations from the level of collections and digital curation, to the public spaces and the use of digital media, and finally outwards as museums take on life outside limits of physical spaces.
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Zoological Seminar and Practicum (Fall 2002).  This course, developed in tandem with the zoology collections managers, covers all aspects of collection management and curation of zoological material (invertebrate and vertebrate). Lecture, hands-on learning and a final project provides students with background and tools for professional curation.