Teaching

I teach a variety of courses at Texas State University, both for undergraduates and graduate students.

The courses I offer every year are Field Ornithology (BIO 4418/5418) in Summer I and Mammalogy (BIO 4422/5422) in Fall. Both courses are field intensive as we will take numerous weekend field trips for each class and you will get the chance to live capture and handle birds and mammals.

Undergraduate Courses 

Field Ornithology (BIO 4418) –  This course is designed to introduce and provide an advanced knowledge of the application of various field, laboratory, and statistical methods and techniques in the study of avian species. The course will include topics related to survey methodology, sampling design, marking/banding, measurement/sample extraction, and aging/sexing of avian species.

Mammalogy (BIO 4422) – The taxonomy, distribution, ecology, behavior and evolution of mammals with particular emphasis on wild animals of the southwest. Laboratory will emphasize anatomy, identification, preparation of specimens and field exercises in the methods of population analysis.

 

Graduate Courses 

Mammalogy (BIO 5422) – See above.

Field Ornithology (BIO 5418) – See above.

Avian Ecology and Evolution (BIO 7102I) – This course is an interactive discussion of avian ecology and evolution, providing students with a critical examination of theories, hypotheses, and lab and field-based data that support or refute there hypotheses. This course also discusses peerreviewed literature that challenges some paradigms in avian ecology and evolution.

Waterbird Management (BIO 7102H) – This course focuses on the ecology and management of waterbirds, with an emphasis on the inland and coastal waterbirds of Texas. The basic ecology of waterbirds, waterbird management techniques, and waterbird habitat management will be discussed.

Conservation Biology (BIO 7346) – Examination of the alteration of habitats and associated biological changes threatening the continued existence of species and basic ecosystems. Topics include conservation ethics, working paradigms, levels and loss of global biodiversity, conservation at population and ecosystem levels, restoration ecology, endangered species biology and conservation laws. Recent Advances are stressed.

Spatial Ecology of Animals (BIO 7360Q) – Examination of current or emerging state, national and international aquatic resources issues, including root causes and their human and ecosystem interactions.