I will be teaching Principles of Zoology (BIOL 1603) in Fall 2017

In this course I will introduce students to the diversity of animal life on our planet while discussing how different groups of animals have solved common problems, including, but not limited to: respiration, movement, perception, reproduction, and development. Students will gain a basic understanding of metazoan body plans and life histories, explore comparative zoology, and learn the biology underlying some of the most spectacular zoological oddities known today.

Syllabus (Subject to minor changes): ZoologySyllabusFall2017

I will be using Integrated Principles of Zoology, 16th Edition, by Hickman, Roberts, Keen, Eisenhower, Larson, and l’Anson.



I will be teaching Animal Behavior (BIOL 4833/5833) in the Spring 2018 semester

In this course I will use examples from a number of different animal taxa to cover a broad range of topics in animal behavior, including sensory systems, communication, cognition, foraging, competition, cooperation, defense, and sexual selection. Students will learn the basic theory underlying our understanding of different types of animal behavior, as well as gain an appreciation for the incredible diversity in foraging tactics, communication, and predator defense exhibited by animals today.

Syllabus (subject to minor changes): Animal Behavior Syllabus Spring2017

I will be using Animal Behavior: An Evolutionary Approach, 9th Edition, by John Alcock



as a text. There are dramatic differences between the 9th and 10th editions, so please be sure to obtain the correct edition for the class.


A few examples of animal behavior:



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