General Biology (BIO 111), Science of Biology (BIO 105), Environmental Science (ENV 101) – Fall 2021 AIMS 


Concepts and Issues in Biology Today (BIO 05) – Spring 2021  This course explored the fundamental biological concepts in the areas of genetics, evolution and ecology  in the context of current issues enabling students to understand the relevance of biology. 

Sustainability Science (ESS 02) – Fall 2019, Fall 2020   This course introduced the scientific basis for defining the concept of sustainability and its implementation in society.  It explored real scientific data and interpretations pertaining to all angles of sustainability.

Weather, Climate and the Environment laboratory (ESS 015) – Spring 2019   This course was an introduction to the Earth’s weather and climate, and to environmental issues associated with the Earth’s atmosphere. We tried to understand the different kinds of weather measurements, read and interpret weather maps, find weather information on the worldwide web, and forecast the weather. We also discussed important environmental topics like air pollution, global warming, and the ozone hole.

Ecosystems of California Discussion (ESS 050) – Spring 2019   The combination of Mediterranean climate, rich geological history, complex topography, and diverse soils has made California one of the most biologically rich regions in the world. There are dozens of distinct ecosystem types in California harboring more than 5000 native plants and over 1000 vertebrate animals. We examined some of the major California ecosystem types and the physical and biological forces that influence their distributions. We studied some of the major threats to California biodiversity and the challenges facing natural resource managers.

Behavioral Ecology Discussion (BIO 189) – Spring 2017   This course focussed on developing an understanding of animal behavior from an ecological and evolutionary perspective. It reviewed modern methodological, both empirical and theoretical, approaches to studying animal behavior. This class also explored key topics in animal behavior, including foraging, social learning, dynamic predator/prey behavioral interactions, resource competition, group living, sexual selection, sperm competition, sexual conflict, parent-offspring conflict, mating system evolution, sex allocation, social behavior, cooperation, altruism, and communication. It gave insights into how scientists study animal behavior and what has been learned about the evolution and ecology of animal behavior.

Evolution laboratory (BIOL 141) – Fall 2016, Fall 2018 

img_20160830_154654The lab comprised a mixture of hands-on activities, discussion, computer simulations, and working with genetic data.

Introductory Biology laboratory (BIOL 10200) – Spring 2015, Fall 2015


Biology of organisms and populations. Morphology, physiology, and systematics of organisms, evolution, ecology and behavioral biology.

Introduction to Environmental Biology laboratory (SCI 10400) – Fall 2014


Teaching in the woods! A survey of human impacts on natural environments. Topics included basic concepts of ecology, interactions between human and natural environment, human wellness in relation to environmental pollution, natural resource conservation and management, modern environment technology, and current environmental issues in our society.  Lecture material was reinforced and expanded upon in laboratory exercises and field trips in ecology, environmental health, pollution, and resource conservation.