Botany 332 students performing vegetation surveys at Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada
Current courses (Course Coordinator)
BIO 348 - Genomics & Bioinformatics. This course provides students with experience in accessing and navigating high-performance computing to work through the basic steps of a genomic project. Students learn regular expression, bash and R in order to filter, align, assemble and run basic population genomic and phylogenomic analyses on NGS data.
BIO 457 - Conservation Biology & Biodiversity. We take a broad look at conservation as it relates to life sciences, but also economics, politics, social science and psychology. This course prepares students for careers in conservation biology; covering topics from monitoring, demographics, habitat suitability models, conservation genetics and reserve design. The course also provides students a taste of what it might be like to work with stakeholders that have a range of values.
BIO 372 – Plant Ecology. Covering plant ecology topics such as pollination biology, global change, biomes, ecosystem processes etc. Course was developed with labs covering statistical design and vegetation survey techniques.
BIO 121 – Introduction Zoology (labs). Introduction to major animal groups, their anatomy and physiology.
BIO 202 - Ecology. Introduction to broad ecological concepts and topics for both animals and plants in terrestrial and aquatic settings.
BIO 322 - Terrestrial Ecosystems. Upper level ecology course detailing major ecosystem processes and fluxes ranging from C/N cycles, soil microbial activity and plant ecophysiology.
Soil pH testing
Potometer tests to assess plant transpiration rates
Mark-recapture of crickets
Intertidal species diversity at Pipers Lagoon
Vegetation surveys at Pipers Lagoon
Learning floristic & physiognomic survey methods
Anatomy of skulls
Learning bird anatomy & physiology with help from the raptor centre
She's a pretty turkey vulture!