Teaching

Because of my broad interests in organismal and evolutionary biology, I have been involved with the teaching of a diverse range of undergraduate and graduate courses.  I employee different methods of instruction (e.g., lecture, group discussion), as well as utilize different environments (i.e., classroom, laboratory, field).  All of this has developed into an effective teaching program.

During the past several years I have primarily taught the following courses:

  • Evolution (Bio 319).  Upper division non-majors course.  Intended for students not concentrating in the sciences, providing an introduction to the concepts and processes of biological evolution.  Major areas covered:  (1) history of evolutionary thought; (2) evidence for evolution; (3) phylogenies and their use; (4) genetics and evolutionary processes; (5) overview of the evolution and diversity of Life; (6) human evolution; and (7) consequences of an evolutionary worldview for our society.   pdf of syllabus available below
  • Genetics and Evolution (Bio 352).  Upper division undergraduate majors course, covering the following main topics:  1) transmission genetics; 2) population genetics; and 3) evolution.  I am primarily involved with the “evolution” portion of this course.  However, I have also taught the portions on transmission genetics and population genetics.   pdf of syllabus available below
  • Herpetology (Bio 523).  Upper division undergraduate/graduate level course providing a broad survey of the biology of amphibians and reptiles.  Lectures cover their ecology, life history, behavior, and physiology.  Labs concentrate on amphibian and reptile morphology, diversity, and evolution.  pdf of syllabus available below
  • Phylogenetic Inference (Bio 740).  Graduate level course primarily focusing on the theory and methodology of phylogenetic inference and the use of phylogenies for comparative studies.  In addition to lecture, a lab promotes training in the use of computer programs and discussion of current literature.  pdf of syllabus available below
  • Seminar in Evolutionary Biology (Bio 770).  Graduate level seminar course.  This special seminar course is primarily targeted to new graduate students, with the objectives of them gaining an enhanced understanding of the basic principles and analytic tools in evolutionary biology and developing skills in critical reading of the primary literature, discussion of scientific papers, and formal oral presentation.
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