Ph.D. Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley, 2011
B.A. Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley, 2004
A.A./A.S. Santa Rosa Junior College, 2002
I fell in love with biology after I fell in love with kayaking on the ocean... and was wowed by orcas, the amazing world of the intertidal, and the birds that live around the sea. My educational path took me from SRJC to UC Berkeley, where I was introduced to the formal study of animal behavior. Although I focused on marine biology during my undergrad years, I was wooed to Argentina to study the social environment of a little subterranean rodent, the colonial tuco-tuco, for my graduate research.
I have come full circle now, with the opportunity to teach biology at SRJC, where it all began, and I hope to excite the students in my class with the amazing-ness of the natural world. It doesn't get any better than the study of life!
Professional Areas of Interest:
Evolutionary Biology/Behavioral Ecology/Animal Behavior with an emphasis on social behavior in animals, Hormones and Behavior, South American Rodents, Marine Biology/Marine Mammals
Bio 10 Text: I will be using 'What is Life?, a Guide to Biology with Physiology' (Jay Phelan); 3rd or 4th edition is fine. You can also use Campbell Essential Biology with Physiology 3rd and above editions (Simon, Reece and Dickey).
NOTE: You do not need to have the most current edition of the textbook to succeed. In fact, most biology textbooks will work just fine as a resource in helping you learn complex systems and processes. Although I have not made the text mandatory, I strongly recommend having some biology text to which you can refer. See me if you have any questions.
Required: Biology 10 Laboratory Manual, available in the SRJC Bookstore or on Amazon.com (use ISBN 978-1724537997)
Regarding Add Codes: If you were not able to get into this class, you must attend the first class in order to be considered for an add code.