Teaching

Principles of Biological Diversity (BIOB 170) (fall/spring)

The goal of this course is to expose students to the major themes in the study of life, principles of evolution, dominant groups of organisms and their diversity/function, and fundamental principles of ecology.


Ecological Responses to Climate Change (BIOE 375) (spring)

In this course, we explore how ecosystems are responding to climate change at a range of spatial and temporal scales.

The first third of the class examines Earth’s climate system and the goal is to understand the physical basis for climate change.

The second third of the course explores the ecological responses, such as changes in species distribution, phenology, and predator-prey interactions.

Finally, in the last third of the course, we examine the social aspect of climate change, including mitigation and adaptation strategies, and climate change policies.


Plant Physiological Ecology, Graduate Level (BIOE 532) (fall, even years)

This course examines how plants respond to the environment through changes in biochemistry, physiology, and morphology.  We will begin exploring topics including photosynthesis, respiration, water transport, nutrient acquisition, symbiotic associations, and finally ecosystem and global processes.