Studying the evolution and physiology of animal coloration at Northeastern Illinois University (starting Fall 2019)
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Classes

 

Courses

 

Stay tuned for more information as these courses are further developed.

 
Close up of a snake

Herpetology

This taxon-specific course focuses on the things that make “herps” (reptiles and amphibians) unique and interesting. The course covers basic taxonomy and identification in addition to reviewing the diversity of reproductive systems, adaptations to extreme environments, defense mechanisms, and evolutionary paths exhibited by reptiles and amphibians.

 
Close up image of the tympanum and eye of a green frog

Sensory Ecology

The ways that animals experience the world are drastically different than how we as humans experience it. Key to studying the biology of an organism is understanding how it interacts with its environment and its conspecifics. These interactions are a result of evolutionary processes that often lead to the development of specialized morphologies, behaviors, and sometimes “secret channels” of communication. This course will allow students to build on their basic biology, ecology, and evolutionary knowledge by developing specialized proficiency in sensory ecology.

 
Anolis on a dried palm frond

Science Communication

Scientific literacy is an essential skill for any student to develop, but communicating science is often under-taught in programs, leaving early career scientists to develop these skills by trial and error. This course presents the basics of communication