I really enjoy learning about different areas of science. I love learning and I especially enjoy helping others (i.e., students) learn to love science as well. I have had an extensive amount of education, starting at the undergraduate level in biology. During this time, I learned a significant amount about various areas of biology. These areas included; zoology, botany, physiology, environmental science and entomology. Subsequently, I earned a Masters in Biology and specialized in physiology ... [more]
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I have taught numerous science courses; Physiology was a semester course. I taught this several times. Regarding Human Anatomy and Physiology, I taught the lecture and lab for a number of years.
I have earned a B.S. in Biology with a concentration in zoology. I studied the biochemistry of cockroaches and how they are able, after ecdysis or moulting,, to form a new cuticle based on instructions from the brain to direct the blood cells to essentially form a new cuticle and then have the brain also release a hormone to cause the sclerotization, or hardening of this blood cell mass into a new cuticle. During my undergraduate studies I took any number of courses involving zoology. I took invertebrate zoology and entomology courses. The same was true when I earned my M.S. in Physiology and Zoology. I also authored a number of scientific journal articles involving the biochemistry of cockroaches. I earned my PhD in Insect Biochemistry. Here, I studied the transport of fluids across the salivary membranes of the ixodid tick, Amblyomma americanum. I authored several scientific articles concerning these tick studies. Finally, I have been teaching college level biology and environmental science courses for the past 11 years. A significant amount of the material that I lecture on involves zoology.
I have taught biology, environmental science and ecology courses at the college level for the past 11 years. Knowledge of botany and plant physiology are essential when I discuss issues such as; agriculture, forestry, plant - insect interactions (ie. gall formation and commensalism), plants and GMOs and the impact that herbicides such as; glycophosate have on agricultural production. I am also specifically discussing issues such as, mycorrhizal fungi, photosynthesis and transpiration, and the role that various plant hormones (i.e., auxins, abscisic acid, cytokinins, ethylene,and gibberellins) have in the function of plants as they are found in the various ecosystems. Knowledge of botany is essential when discussing these issues with students.
I have not only taught a semester-long course, Cell Biology and Genetics, for more than 4 years but I always have a few lectures on genetics when I teach general biology. I have taught general biology for about 8 years now and I discuss both Mendelian and classical genetics along with Molecular genetics. Finally, I also lecture on genetics when I teach my Environmental Science course. The environment presents us with many different chemicals and substances. These have been found to have an impact on our genome. The area of Epigenetics is expanded greatly over the past 10 years and is extremely important in Environmental Science and Public Health.