Dr. D
Dr. D with one of the largest living things in the world, a giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum), in Yosemite National Park

Ph.D. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, 2008
B.S. Zoology, University of Washington, 2002
Dr. Shannon DeVaney
Associate Professor of Biology
Chair of Life Sciences
Center For Sciences 91042

Spring 2018 Student Office Hours:
Mon and Wed 8:30-9:20 and 11-12

No appointment is needed for the above hours. Contact me if you need to make an appointment at a different time.

Dr. D's office

Resources for Students

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Bio 3 Lab

Pierce Library

Pierce Bookstore

Pierce Scholarships

Tutoring Center

Transfer Center

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NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)


C-DEBI Programs

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Lending Library 

Find my free mini lending library outside my office! Borrow a book on the honor system ... just bring it back when you are done. Lots of career prep and science related titles. 



Spring 2018 Textbooks 

Biology 7: 

Campbell Biology by Urry et al., 11th Ed. (10th Ed. OK)

A Photographic Atlas for the Biology Laboratory by Adams and Crawley, 7th Ed.

The Science of Life: A Biology 7 Lab Manual by DeVaney, Meyers, and Koller

You will need a calculator and a supply of plain white paper (e.g., copy/printer paper)


Biology 3: 
Campbell Essential Biology with Physiology by Simon, Dickey, and Reece, 5th Ed. (4th Ed. OK)
Biological Patterns by Farris et al., 12th Ed. 
You will need a set of headphones with headphone jack (NOT new iPhone style with Lightning connector)

About Biology

Biology, the scientific study of life, is a wonderful field of science. Living things are beautiful, fascinating, and, best of all, weird! Studying biology will help you to better understand the world around you and to make informed decisions about things that affect you and your family -- including your health care, nutrition, and the environment. However, biology is a complex subject. It is fun, interesting, and relevant, but biology is not easy. If you are thinking about enrolling in a biology course, you should make sure that you have the time, energy, and willingness to work hard that this subject requires.

About Learning

You are in college to learn. I structure my courses based on what we know about how the brain works -- how it processes, retains, and accesses information -- in order to maximize the potential for learning. That means that in my courses, you can expect to get a lot of practice in the skills and the kinds of thinking you need to master. You will be completing activities and assignments both in and out of class to practice these skills. Remember that I can't just open up your brain and dump knowledge in; you have to take an active role in your own learning. I want you to learn. I want you to be successful. I am here to help you. Ultimately, however, you must care enough about your own education to do the work and seek help when you need it. 

About Dr. D

As a biologist, I am particularly drawn to the weird stuff. In particular, I study deep-sea fishes: the kinds that do strange things like light up (or bioluminesce), swallow meals bigger than themselves, or live as parasites on the body of their mate. My research has taken me all over the world, from research ships in the middle of the far northern Atlantic (complete with icebergs), to laboratories in Tokyo, to the Natural History Museum here in Los Angeles. I current serve as the Chairperson for the Life Sciences Department, on the Pierce College Professional Ethics Committee, on the District Life Sciences Committee, and on the District Gold Creek Field Station Committee. Most of all, I love sharing my enthusiasm for the weird and wonderful world of biology with the awesome students at Pierce College.    

Selected Publications

DeVaney, S.C. 2016. Species distribution modeling of deep pelagic eels. Integrative and Comparative Biology 56(4):524-530. 

Kenchington,T.J., R. Benjamin, M. Best, A. Cogswell, A. Cook, S. DeVaney, C. Lirette, B. MacDonald, K. MacIssac, P. Mallam, T. McIntyre, A. McMillan, H. Moors-Murphy, G. Morton, L. Paon, S. Roach, E. Shea, D. Themelis, and E.L.R. Kenchington. 2014. Field Methods of the 2008, 2009 and 2010 Surveys of Meso- and Bathypelagic Micronekton in the Gully. Canadian Technical Report of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 3076:73pp.

Kenaley, C.P., S.C. DeVaney, and T.T. Fjeran. 2014. The complex evolutionary history of seeing red: Molecular phylogeny and the evolution of an adaptive visual system in deep-sea dragonfishes (Stomiiformes: Stomiidae). Evolution 68(4):996-1013.

DeVaney, S.C., K.E. Hartel, and D.E. Themelis. 2009. The first records of Neocyema (Teleostei: Saccopharyngiformes) in the Western North Atlantic with comments on its relationship to Leptocephalus holti Schmidt 1909. Northeastern Naturalist 16(3):409-414.

DeVaney, S.C., K.M. McNyset, J.B. Williams, A.T. Peterson, and E.O. Wiley. 2009. A tale of four carp: Invasion potential and ecological niche modeling. PLoS ONE 4(5):e5451.