Department of Biology and Microbiology
South Dakota State University
Ph.D. , Genetics, Indiana University
B.S., Genetics & Cell Biology, University of Minnesota
Research: My research experience is in genetics, molecular biology, and microbiology. At Indiana University, my research examined the molecular mechanisms that plants utilize to confer resistance
Plants may use molecular mechanisms for defense against microscopic pathogens. For herbivores, spines and thorns may be part of a viable defense.
to pathogens. I cloned a resistance gene called RPS5 and identified three genes involved in the process of disease resistance. I conducted postdoctoral research at Kansas
The formation of petals is regulated by genes. The number of petals present can also be used to categorize plants.
State University. This work was supported by a USDA grant and focused on a class of transcription factors in plants whose expression is induced by pathogen infection.
Teaching: I have been teaching at University Center since 2007. Previously, I taught General Biology and Microbiology as an adjunct at SDSM&T. I was an Associate Instructor for the Genetics Laboratory at Indiana University.
Bill shape and size in hummingbirds can correlate with the types of flowers pollinated.
Flower color is one factor that contributes to the types of pollinators attracted.
I currently teach the following courses at University Center:
BIOL 101/101L - Biology Survey I - Study of the nature, diversity, and classification of life, ecology, cells and cell cycles, Mendelian and modern genetics, evolution and evolution theory. Intended for those not majoring in Biology.
MICR 231/231L – General Microbiology - Principles of basic and applied microbiology.
*The associated lab meets twice each week*
Based on mitochondrial DNA studies, dogs were domesticated over 15,000 years ago. Pigs were first domesticated over 10,000 years ago as well.
2013-2014 ACADEMIC YEAR
All materials will be available at the University Center bookstore
Access to Desire2Learn
Textbook: Biology: Concepts and Connections (6th Edition)
Campbell, N.A., J.B. Reece, M.R. Taylor, E.J. Simon, and J.L. Dickey
Pearson Benjamin Cummings, 2009.
Lab Manual: Obtain current edition at UC bookstore
TurningPoint Clickers: RCRF-01
Textbook: Microbiology A Human Perspective (7th Edition)
Nester E.W., D.G. Anderson, C.E. Roberts, Jr., and M.T. Nester
Lab Manual: Laboratory Manual for General Microbiology (Ninth Edition)
Willgohs, J.A., and B.H. Bleakley
South Dakota State University, Pearson Custom Publishing
TurningPoint Clickers: RCRF-01
Student Success for Non-Majors:
Yes, you can succeed in a biology course at University Center.
But success requires significant effort, engagement with the material, a willingness to learn, and knowing how to study.
There are over 24,000 species of butterflies.
BIOL 101 is a survey course so we do cover a significant amount of material. Many terms and concepts may be unfamiliar, particularly if it has been awhile since your last science course. If you work at it, you should succeed. Numerous websites exist that provide advice on studying and exam preparation. For example: http://www.studygs.net/
How well these kinds of advice will work for you depends on what’s holding you back. And you are in a better position to determine that than I am. Seek out resources that will
Seals are mammals. They possess hair and mammary glands. Some studies suggest the whiskers are sensitive to movements and are used to hunt prey underwater.
improve your chances for success. You are ultimately responsible for your own success. Students that need to enhance some of their required academic skills should consider looking into the UC Success Program. Students that need accommodations in the classroom or for testing should start the process through ADA services as soon as possible.
Birds evolved from a group of dinosaurs.
Additional advice on obtaining success in the classroom. The better you understand the material the higher the likelihood that you will perform well on exams.
Read the textbook: Read for understanding, not as you would a novel. Read one section at a time. Examine the figures and determine how well you understand them. Imagine someone asks you to explain what you just read. Could you describe the material to them such that he or she would understand you?
Study the notes: Exam questions will be derived from the material we discuss in class. Brute memorization is certainly a strategy, but understanding will serve you better. Ask yourself what qualifies as important information in the notes. Make up potential questions and test yourself. Avail yourself of the opportunity to answer any provided sample questions or quizzes. This will provide feedback on what concepts you understand well and what concepts that you need to work on.
When species are introduced into areas that they are not native (like lionfish being dumped from aquariums into the ocean), they may lack normal limiters of the population growth (like predators) and may potentially cause negative impacts to the local ecology.
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