I have a strong commitment to undergraduate education and have pursued that commitment both in curriculum design and via student contact at every level. Philosophically I am committed to producing students that (1) have a broad perspective on biology and how it relates to other sciences and other disciplines, (2) can evaluate and interpret data, their own as well as others, and (3) have good communication skills, both oral and written. In every class that I teach I strive to emphasize important general concepts first in order to provide a framework for necessary details that follows.

In graduate education I am a strong proponent of producing independent-thinking, professional biologists. I expect that my graduate students will develop projects on their own, which may or may not be closely related to my own current research. I advocate including training in experimental design and statistical analysis, emphasis on technical writing and preparation of grant applications, and development of a clear perspective on the broader significance of one's own individual research efforts.

Recent courses taught

Biol 434/534 - General and Comparative Endocrinology (Spring semester) [Syllabus] [Student led discussion topics]

Biol 336 - Ecological and Evolutionary Animal Physiology (Fall semester) [Syllabus]

Biology Field Trip - Antarctica 1999 & 2004 [Photos from past trips]


Future Biology Field trip

- Antarctica Field Trip -
in planning stages for December, 2008