Teaching

Classes:
Biol 420/701 Insect Physiology (co-taught with Dr. Gerrit de Boer) (2 credits)
Biol 550 Introduction to Systematics (co-taught with Dr. Mark Holder) (3 credits)
Biol 418/701 Neotropical Biology in Costa Rica (3 credits; Study Abroad)
Biol 418/701 Neotropical Biology in Amazon Peru (3 credits; Study Abroad):
Biol 708 External Morphology of Insects (4 credits)
Biol 701 Topics in Systematics (co-taught with several Faculty) (1 credit)
Biol 699 Biology Honors Research Colloquium (co-taught with Dr. Peter Gegenheimer/Molecular Biology, 1 credit)
Biol 699 Biology Honors Research Colloquium (co-taught with Dr. Erik Lundquist/Molecular Biology, 1 credit)

Undergraduate Research:
Interested students can conduct quality research in the biology and systematics of leaf beetles. Students collaborate with me on developing projects that incorporate their interests and desire for field/laboratory/microscopy skills. We jointly develop a research proposal and work together on the data collection, analyse and writing. The majority of undergraduate researchers in my lab eventually publish scientific papers and give oral/poster presentations on their research.

Past undergraduate researchers in my lab have done fieldwork in Kansas, Costa Rica, and Peru, learned a variety of microscopes (e.g., scanning electron microscope) and high-resolution imaging of biological specimens, and gained bioinformatic skills for managing museum collections.  Nearly all of them have gone on to graduate or medical schools.

 

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