Teaching

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Teaching

We all learn in different ways. In a field like Environmental Science, it is important to learn not only the facts, but how to apply them in the real world.  As a consequence, my classes are interactive, both in the laboratory and in the field.  It is important that my students be able to take what we are discussing in class and use that to understand the results from water quality testing in the lab or macroinvertebrate sampling in the field for instance.  We are fortunate to have excellent facilities for lab work and convenient sites for field work to ensure that students are able to learn through doing.

 Fall Semester Courses

FYS 100A First Year Seminar – Water Water Everywhere
The First-Year Seminar provides an educational experience that is composed of
several important components. First, it develops intellectual skills, such as
critical analysis and synthesis, and communications skills, such as speaking and
writing. Second, it broadens definitions of learning. The student is exposed to
multiple ways of acquiring information and knowledge. Third, the First-Year
Seminar establishes the integration of knowledge. Using water resources around the world as the theme, this course promotes connections across disciplines. Students will also attend events outside of class such as talks, plays, concerts, art exhibits, and Student Life events.

Bio 111L Molecules, Cells, and Animal Systems Laboratory
The study of the chemical and cellular basis of life, human and animal anatomy and physiology, cellular reproduction, heredity and animal development. For Biology majors and those students taking additional biology courses. Along with  Bio111, this course fulfills one of the Natural and Physical Sciences Core requirements for Biology majors.

Bio 317 Aquatic Ecology
The study of physical, chemical and biological relationships in aquatic
ecosystems as they relate to the survival and growth of organisms. The course
will include laboratory and field experimentation using local aquatic
ecosystems.

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Spring Semester Courses

 Bio 112 L Principles of Ecology, Evolution and the Diversity of Life Laboratory
The evolution and diversity of organisms is examined by comparing representative forms of the five kingdoms and viruses. Discussion of plant structure and function and ecological principles is included. For Biology majors or those taking additional biology courses.

Bio 103 Living with  the Environment
A lecture/laboratory course designed for non-science majors. Principles of environmental relationships and how living organisms play a role in those relationships and respond to changes in their environment are emphasized. Current problems with pollution, hazardous wastes, energy and population growth are examined in relation to those environmental principles

 Bio 318 Marine Biology
A study of the chemical and physical characteristics of marine ecosystems and
the functional adaptations of marine organisms to those systems. Representative
marine communities including rocky intertidal and coral reefs are examined in
detail. The impacts of humans on marine environments also are discussed.

Bio 362 Ecotoxicology
The study of the fate and transport of toxic compounds in the environment. The
toxicity of individual pollutants at the organismal, species, population and
community levels is discussed. Risk assessment and risk management in ecological
systems also are discussed.