New Course: Ecophysiology Lecture (BIO 355) and Lab (BIO 356)
Topics in this course include the impacts of changes in climate and resources on physiological processes, with a strong emphasis on plants. The role of microbes and animals are also discussed through a food-web approach to understanding ecosystem patterns and processes. Through understanding the physiology of the cells and individuals, students will be able to understand how to scale up to the physiology of the ecosystem. Students get up to speed using RStudio to analyze and visualize large data sets. Lecture and lab must be taken concurrently. Fall 2016 was the first iteration of this course. It will typically be offered once a year. To see the course flyer, click here!
Every spring, I offer a delightful 200-level lecture (BIO 206) and lab (BIO 207) course on Plant Physiology.
BIO 206: Plant Physiology Lecture
This course is designed as an introduction to Plant Physiology. Students will learn fundamental concepts and innovative research that encompasses this exciting field based on the functioning of plants. Through this course you will learn about the biochemical and molecular processes to whole- plant function, such as germination, growth & development, phenology, plant diseases & defenses, and adaptations to stress. We will take an eco-physiological approach for using the key concepts in plant physiology to understand dynamic ecosystem processes, response and adaptation to climate change, and biodiversity of plant communities.
BIO 207: Plant Physiology Lab
This lab focuses on the impacts of the environment on plant physiology. This course uses a research-based approach to learn key concepts in plant physiology in order to understand plant function. Throughout the semester we cover a broad range of topics that encompass variation in gas exchange, nutrient allocation, water-use efficiency, and other plant function indicators during development from seeds to flowering individuals. Students spend several weeks using R studio for data manipulation, statistical tests, and graphing. The skills and tools gained through this course will help students make predictions and develop exciting methods to investigate world-pressing issues such as the impacts of global warming and climate change, invasions of non-native plants and animals, diseases, and large-scale shifts in species diversity.
If that doesn’t convince you to take this course,
then maybe this cool flyer will?
BIO 390 Seminar: Ecological lmpacts of Global Change
I have designed a course that incorporates (1) a critical analysis of the current global change research and how it is represented by the media sources and (2) exercises and projects that help students conceptualize the most up-to-date global change research and present a public friendly version of the outcomes. The course will primarily consist of student led discussion sessions on recent scientific developments. The semester culminates with the development of a newsletter that incorporates student creativity and research. Ultimately, the course addresses pressing global change problems and investigates the role for adaptation and mitigation. Students will be able to enhance their public speaking and writing skills while exploring the vast knowledge of research focusing on the impacts of global change.
For an example of the final newsletters developed by students, click here!
BIO 132 (formerly known as BIO 150): Cells, Physiology, and Development
Students in this course investigate the structure, function and physiology of cells, the properties of biological molecules, information transfer from the level of DNA to cell-cell communication, and cellular energy generation and transfer. The development of multicellular organisms and the physiology of selected organ systems will also be explored. In addition to lectures, each student will participate in discussion sections that focus on data analysis and interpretation while integrating mechanisms across scales.