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Courses and Advising

Teaching Schedule (2018 - 2019):

Summer: Bio 351, Principles of Animal Physiology  (on-line only)

Fall: Bio 270, Biological Investigation and Bio 436, Cell Biology

Winter: On Professional Leave

Spring: On Professional Leave

Descriptions of my courses:

Biology 270: Biological Investigation. This course introduces students to biological literature, and to the theory and practice of experimental design and statistical analyses. Students design and conduct group research projects. 

Biology 333: Human Anatomy & Physiology II. This course covers the cardiovascular, immune, urinary, and respiratory systems.

Biology 343: Biology of Aging (team-taught with Dr. Karen Carlberg). In this course we study the biology of aging from multiple perspectives, ranging from clinical and anthropological topics to cellular, biochemical, and evolutionary mechanisms.

Biology 345: Biology of Symbiosis.  This course introduces students to the physiology, biochemistry, ecology, and evolution of symbiotic relationships.

Biology 351: Principles of Animal Physiology. This course takes a systems approach to vertebrate physiology. It is designed for those students who would like to learn 'some physiology' but are not taking the three-quarter human A&P sequence.

Biology 430: Immunology. This course covers topics in cellular and molecular immunology and is intended for seniors who are interested in graduate and professional programs in the health sciences.

Biology 436: Cell Biology. This course focuses on eucaryotic cell biology.

Biology 490: Senior Capstone in Animal Ecophysiology. Lecture material will cover the concepts of animal ecophysiology. Student groups will design and conduct research projects with invertebrates, fish, or amphibians.

Biology 496: Animal Physiological Ecology (2012). This course explores the physiological and ecological strategies animals use to survive in "stressful" environments.

Biology 500/501. These are seminar and seminar prep courses for our graduate students.

Biology 510. Biological Research Methods I. This is a first-term course for our Master's students in which we discuss principles of research ethics, experimental design, and proposal writing.

Biology 512: Current Topics in Physiology. My current topics courses vary by year. In past years we have focused on 1) how to conduct physiological research within evolutionary and ecological frameworks and 2) epigenetics and physiology (team-taught with Dr. Tom Hancock).

If you are a student in these courses, please enroll in the appropriate Canvas course to keep up-to-date on assignments and announcements.


During the academic year, my advising times serve both as office hours for my courses and general advising hours. Please sign up on the sheet outside my door (234B) or email me if you have class conflicts with these time periods.

If you are considering the Pre-Medicine/Pre-Dentistry option, make sure you look over our advising guide before you come to talk to me. You can find the link to that guide here.

Pre-med students need to read about the new MCAT format - you can do so here.

Pre-med students should spend quality time with the admissions webpage at UW.

Those considering becoming a pre-med student (or other type of pre-clinical student) should spend some time reading the excellent admissions page at the University of Utah School of Medicine, particularly the Self Assessment and Required Activities. Even if you have no intention of applying to the UofUSOM, this page outlines many of the extracurricular decisions you should be making as an undergraduate student.

Pre-dent students should spend some time on the ADA website - you can get to it here.

Pre-dent students should spend quality time with the admissions webpage at UW.

Pre-optometry students should read all of the information at the ASCO website.

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