Principles of Evolution

BIOL 481

Patterns and processes of evolutionary change are used to explore the unifying principles of the biological sciences. Basic models of population genetics, quantitative genetics, development, phylogenetics and systematics are used to build a conceptual framework for study of living systems.

The Human Microbiome

BIOL 491

Biology of host-associated microbiomes with an emphasis on the human microbiome. Investigate microbial impacts on the behavior, physiology and fitness of their host. Explore model and non-model systems. Student projects in this course may satisfy the capstone project requirements of the biological science degree.

  • 2011-2012 Indiana University
    Special topics in Evolutionary Biology: Modern Synthesis, Adaptive Landscapes; Guest lecture: Coevolution-humans & diseases
  • 2005-2010 Washington State University
    Lab instructor: Introductory Organismal Biology, Marine Ecology; Guest lectures: Introduction to Mathematical Biology, Principles of Organic Evolution
  • 2003 Boston University
    Assistant in lecture and lab: Molecular Ecology and Evolution
  • 1998-2000 University of Utah
    Lab instructor: Molecular Evolution; Assistant in lecture: Principles of Ecology and Evolution, Principles of Biology II, Organismal Diversity Form and Function
  • 2022 Portable Genomics Hackathon for Pathogen, Fairbanks, AK.
  • 2020 Antibiotic Discovery Alaska, workshop introducing undergraduates to microbiology.
  • 2018, 2019 Genomics and Epidemiology capacity building workshop with Bortz on African swine fever virus using nanopore sequencing in Kyiv, Ukraine.
  • 2018, 2019 STEMSEAS with Ducluzeau, mobile nanopore sequencing workshop aboard the R/V Sikuliaq in the Gulf of Alaska.
  • 2016, 2017, 2018 MinION Hackathon, workshop introducing students to nanopore sequencing. Locations: University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK; Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference, Nome, AK; Alaska Branch of American Society for Microbiology, Fairbanks, AK.