Recent Classes


Summer 2021
Biology of the Invertebrates

This course will provide you with a survey of the non-vertebrate animals. These animals are quite diverse, so we will only be able to scratch the surface when discussing most groups. In addition to discussing evolutionary relationships among groups and the features that define each group, we will consider aspects of ecology, development, and reproduction.

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Summer 2021
Foundations of Biological Inquiry

An inquiry-based introduction to fundamental concepts and theories in biology that we will explore together as scientists. The course utilizes case studies and data from the scientific literature to examine the concepts that weave through three major themes: (1) What is Life? Organization and Flow of Information; (2) Evolution: Explaining Biodiversity; and (3) Biological Systems. Students are expected to engage with material presented during class to gain a deep understanding of the course goals, to develop critical thinking skills to apply to new problems, and to use the scientific method to investigate biological phenomena.

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Fall 2020
The Biology of Sleep

In this seminar, we will explore the biology of sleep and related phenomena. Students will give a series of presentations and produce a research paper on a topic related to sleep in humans and/or other animals. Potential topics for projects include the physiology of sleep initiation and maintenance, factors that affect sleep quality, sleep disorders, circadian rhythms, torpor, hibernation, and aestivation.

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