Teaching: Classes and Undergrad Research

I am currently teaching Insect Biodiversity (ENTM 107), Insect Evolution (ENTM 106), about 80% of the ENTM 202 graduate core class. I also co-teach the Entomology Capstone with D.-H. Choe and R. Carde (ENTM 180) and  (with J. Heraty) a seminar in Systematic Entomology (ENTM 256).

ENTM 106 Insect Evolution. Even Years Lecture, 2 hours; laboratory, 3 hours. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 100/ENTM 100 or consent of instructor. Introduces principles of insect morphology, with emphasis on characters of phylogenetic and adaptive significance and insect evolution. Topics include the comparative anatomy and phylogenic relationships of extinct and living insect groups. Laboratory emphasizes principles of comparative morphology and evolutionarily important character complexes. For sample student projects: check out the display case on the second floor of the Entomology building.

ENTM 107 Insect Biodiversity. Lecture, 2 hours; laboratory, 3 hours; discussion, 1 hour. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 100/ENTM 100 or consent of instructor. Lectures introduce the science of insect systematics, stressing diagnostic characters of the major taxa and insect biodiversity. Laboratories focus on developing skills in insect identification to the family level. Click here to see the "Insect Identification Boxes " we use for this class, and here is a True Bug example. Collecting Trip 2009.

ENTM 180. 2 Units, Seminar, 1 hour; discussion, 1 hour; Prerequisite(s): ENTM 100, ENTM 107, upper-division standing in Entomology; or consent of instructor; ENTM 173 is recommended. Capstone course that provides undergraduate students majoring in Entomology with the experience of synthesizing and integrating knowledge and skills gained throughout the Entomology program. Satisfactory (S) or No Credit (NC) grading is not available.

ENTM 202. Core Areas of Entomology II: Suborganismal-Organismal Disciplines (5) W Lecture, 3 hours; discussion, 1 hour; laboratory, 3 hours. Prerequisite(s): ENTM 201 or consent of instructor. Introduces principles of insect morphology, insect systematics, insect taxonomy, and physiology of systems used for energy transformation. Topics include comparative anatomy and functional morphology, digestion, excretion, osmoregulation, respiration, systematic theory, taxonomy, and insect identification.

ENTM 256. 2 Units, Seminar, 2 hours. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 112/BPSC 112/ENTM 112 or consent of instructor. Selected topics in insect systematics. Students who present a seminar receive a letter grade; other students receive a Satisfactory (S) or No Credit (NC) grade. Course is repeatable as content changes.


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