I just graduated from the University of Oklahoma in May of 2017. My degree is in Secondary Biology Education; with the restructuring of my degree program I have been able to specialize in many upper level biology classes and I enjoyed them very much. I also got to take all entry level biology/ecology classes and interned at a high school my senior year and am familiar with the curriculum at both levels. This is my first time formally tutoring, previously I tutored as a part of a job or vol... [more]
Regarding evolution, I took principles of Evolution by Dr. Thomas Ray at the University of Oklahoma. Within the course, we discussed evolution of our species and the many characteristics derived during natural selection of our species. We discussed many theories concerning the evolution of our species including common descent and events like bottle-necking that have affected our biology as an evolutionary force, along with the cultural evolution that also shaped our biology.
I took introduction to Ecology under Dr. Phil Gibson Ph.D at OU. In that course we discussed taxonomy, plant life cycles and anatomy, interactions between organisms, successional development of ecosystems, and distribution/abundance of biodiversity within an environment, as well as many other related topics. We discussed and investigated various case studies as a method to better approaching ecological issues, as well as had a laboratory requirement where we often experimented on small scales to try and find ecological solutions to real life problems. Last fall I also took principles of Ecology with Dr. Kenneth Hobson Ph.D, who is known best for his work with the Mountain Pine Beetle outbreak in British Columbia. We investigated more in depth, real-life cases of ecological relationships and interactions as well as distribution and abundance. These were much more detailed and surprising interactions than those simply shared in the introductory course. Time was spent on parasitic life cycles and their hosts. There was a laboratory requirement where we regularly went out to different regional locations and performed different experiments to better understand the layout of central Oklahoma. We were also required to design and perform our own research and present at the end of the course.