Teaching

 

Principles of Animal Physiology (Bio 329L)

This course examines the physiological principles that guide animal life processes.  Framed in an evolutionary context, processes ranging from respiration, circulation, neural control, movement, excretion and metabolism will be understood in terms of core principles that also apply to humans.  Laboratories will include investigations into physiology using research grade data acquisition systems.

 

How Organisms Move (400-level seminar course)

While watching a heron fly, a worm burrow or even a tree bend in a strong wind, many questions arise about the materials and mechanisms of organismal movement.  Understanding how organisms are built and how they move is important not only to studies of basic biology and evolution, but also to the design of biologically-inspired products.  In this wide-ranging course, we will examine the fundamentals of movement and materials from single-celled wigglers to multi-legged runners and place them in the context of both evolutionary history and engineering design.  The goal of the course is to open new windows into understanding our moving and flexing biological world and to show the fundamental links between organismal biology, physics, evolution and engineering.

 

Previous courses at UMass Amherst included "Quantitative Systems Biology" (honors introductory biology laboratory/lecture course based on quantitative principles) and "How Organisms Move".  Previous courses at UC Berkeley included Invertebrate Zoology, graduate seminars in "Comparative Analyses of Biomechanics, Behavior and Morphology" and "Evolutionary Origins of Communication". 

 

Graduate discussion groups have included Biomechanics, Animal Behaivor and "BAM" (Biomechanics and Behavior).