Department of Natural Resources and the Environment

College of Life Sciences and Agriculture

University of New Hampshire


Undergraduate Courses

NR 664 - Conservation Genetics (4 cr). Conservation genetics is the application of genetics to preserve species as dynamic entities capable of coping with environmental change. It includes genetic management of small populations, resolution of taxonomic uncertainties, defining management units within species, and the use of molecular genetic analyses to forensics and the understanding of the biology of species. Topics include: methods of measuring genetic diversity in populations, identification of the units of biodiversity to which conservation efforts are directed, genetics of population framentation, genetic management of wild and captive populations, reintroduction of organisms back into the wild, and the role of forensics in enforcement and development of species recovery plans. Intended Audience: students with little or no genetics background planning to work as conservation professionals, wildlife biologists, zoo staff involved in captive breeding programs, managers of National Parks, foresters, etc.

NR 625 - Physiological Ecology (4 cr). The course examines the physiological mechanisms and adaptive responses of organisms that facilitate their survival in changing natural environments. Following an introduction to homeostasis and general physiological principles, topics focus on adaptations to marine and freshwater environments, to estuarine challenges, and on the specific requirements of terrestrial and aerial environments. Additional topics center on adaptations to extreme habiats and to parasitic life styles. Furthermore, the phsyological bases of migrations, sleep, and mating/life history startegies are also explored. Examples are drawn from invertebrates, vertebrates, and plants.

NR 439 - Environmental Biology (4 cr). Environmental biology focuses on the origins, functions, and interactions of populations, communities, species and ecosystems in relation to dynamic environmental processes. The main course objective is to provide a basic understanding of ecosystem function and the ecological, evolutionary, and genetic principles necessary to understand biological diversity and its distribution.

NR 444E - Eye of Newt and Toe of Frog: The World of Poisonous Animals (4 cr). This freshman inquiry course examines a variety of animal poisons and venoms in different contexts. Historical, cultural, physiological, pharmacological, and evolutionary viewpoints are explored. Readings, guest lectures, and peer blog entries are used to refine critical thinking skills and form the basis of in-class discussions.

Graduate Seminars

Periodically, I also offer graduate seminars in conservation biology, population genetics, phylogenetics, and systematics.






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