Fall 2017 Textbooks
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)
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)
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.
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.
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Moors-Murphy, G. Morton,
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.
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.
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
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