Teaching

BIOL106. Introductory Biology.

BIOL 106 is one of two introductory biology courses intended to cover the fundamental principles of biology. Topics in BIOL 106 include: biodiversity, the Tree of Life and phylogenetic thinking; the scientific process, heredity, evolution, ecology, animal behavior, and conservation. This course is required for all students majoring in Biology, but it is also suitable for students in chemistry (biochemistry option). The course also serves students who need entrance requirements for health-related programs, such as medical, dental, veterinary, pharmacy, and nursing schools.

Tree of Life: Explore.  an iPad app developed for Introductory Biology students to learn, practice and play with the Tree of LIfe. This reduced tree contains ~100 taxa and 50 synapomorphies and includes Bacteria, Archaea and Eukarya lineages (with an emphasis on Eukarya). The app contains four target trees with a basic (easy) and challenge mode. Content by Jeanne Robertson, inspired by ‘Teaching the Tree of Life to Undergraduate Students’, Harry Greene, Ph.D.  (professor, Cornell University). This app was produced by Greg Mena and developed by Kyle Shaver (CSUN Faculty Technology Center). Available in iOS8 and iOS9.

app

Available now for download from app store for IOS9 on the iPad.

BIOL511. Molecular Markers in Evolutionary Studies (aka Molecular Ecology)

Molecular ecology refers to the application of molecular approaches (population genetics, phylogenetics, genomics) to answer ecological questions. This course is designed to be concept-based, covering the major evolutionary principles that relate to molecular ecology studies. Students will learn the uses and limitations of different molecular markers through laboratory work.