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 sea kayaking, wowed by killer whales, 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 teaching biology at SRJC, where it all began. I am also the science advisor and board president of Orca Behavior Institute, a non-profit based on San Juan Island, Washington, studying the behavior of killer whales. I hope to excite my students with the amazing-ness of the natural world. It doesn't get any better than the study of life!
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 (recommended): 'What is Life?, a Guide to Biology with Physiology' (Jay Phelan, 5th edition); Older editions are fine too! You can use another compatible biology text if you check with me. A free online text can be found at https://openstax.org/details/books/concepts-biology. Only chapters for the What is Life textbook will be listed in the syllabus.
Biology 10 Laboratory Manual (required), available in the SRJC Bookstore or on Amazon.com (check for current ISBN#)
Regarding Add Codes: If you are interested in adding the class, please email me to see if there is availability.