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Bio 344, Ecology (spring 2016)

Required handouts (date assigned):
Syllabus (20 Jan),  First day questions (20 Jan),  Thermal ecology (22 Jan),  How to read a paper (22 Jan),  Discussion of paper #1 (27 Jan),  Photosynthesis (5 Jan),  Problem set (8 Feb),  Exam #1 Key (10 Feb),  Demography (10 Feb)

Required papers (date of discussion):

#1:  Deutsch et al. 2008. Impacts of climate warming on terrestrial ectotherms across latitude.  Detailed methods.  (27 Jan)
#2:  Zanette et al. 2011.  Perceived predation risk reduces the number of offspring songbirds produce per year.  Detailed methods and video.  (17 Feb)
#3:  Terborgh et al. 2001.  Ecological meltdown in predator-free forest fragments.  (9 Mar)
#4:  (to be announced)  (6 Apr)

Slides (date first used in class):

Thermal ecology (25 Jan) 

Other resources:

Exam keys from last year's Bio 344 course.
Casey et al. 2014.  Behavioral and metabolic contributions to thermoregulation in freely swimming leatherback turtles at high latitudes.
Jones et al. 2014. Diversity of ageing across the tree of life.  Human demography, population growth rate, and economics.
Robock et al. 2009.  Benefits, risks and costs of stratospheric geoengineering.
Matthews et al. 2009.  The proportionality of global warming to cumulative carbon emissions.
Greenstone. 2015.  If dig out all our fossil fuels, here's how hot we can expect it to get.
McGlade and Ekins. 2015.  The geographic distribution of fossil fuels unused when limiting global warming to 2 degrees C.
Beth Shapiro: Is de-extinction possible?
Natural Resources Defense Council:  An effective group of environmental lawyers and biologists.
Three of the best environmental law programs:  Lewis and Clark,  University of Vermont,  UC Berkeley.

Bio 112, General Biology II (spring 2016)

Required handouts (date assigned):
Syllabus (20 Jan),  Problem set (22 Jan),  Context (22 Jan),  Control of gene expression (22 Jan),  Problem set (25 Jan),  Hormones (27 Jan),  Blood sugar regulation (29 Jan),  Signal transduction (3 Feb),  Female reproductive cycle (5 Feb),  Problem set (8 Feb)

Required video (date assigned):

Highly recommended specific sources:
Gene expression.
Animation of transcription.
Signal transduction,  epinephrine example.
Menstrual cycle
Action potential videos:  1,  2,  3.
Screencasts on muscle structure and function:  1,  2,  3.
Evolution,  Mutations,  Natural selection.

Other sources:

Last year's exam keys.

Signal transduction: video lecture,  details of cAMP signaling pathway.
Review of molecular genetics.
Hox genes in development Neuroscience Online: Chapters 1-3 and 6. 
TalkOrigins:  Radiometric datingTransitional formsAnatomical vestiges.
Books: Why evolution is true;  Understanding Evolution;  Your Inner Fish.
Tiktaalik, a transitional fossil between fish and amphians.
MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus).
Westendorp and Kirkwood. 1998. Human longevity at the cost of reproductive success.

Bio 111, General Biology I (spring 2016)

Required handouts (date assigned):
Syllabus (20 Jan),  Chemical bonds (22 Jan),  Biochemical structures (27 Jan),  Biochemical functions (27 Jan),  Problem set (3 Feb),  Problem set (5 Feb),  Exam #1 Key (8 Feb),  Cell structure (10 Feb)

Required videos (date assigned):
Biochemicals (27 Jan)
Membrane transport (tba),  Thermodynamics (tba),  Kinetics (tba),  Aerobic respiration (tba),  Anaerobic fermentation (tba),  Complex inheritance (tba).

Slides (date first used in lecture):
Proteins (29 Jan),  Cell structures (10 Feb)

Specific, highly recommended sources:
Chemical bonds:  Khan Academy videos Atoms, molecules and ions;  Types of chemical bonds (1st 3 videos only). 
Proteins:  Protein Data Bank,  What is a protein?,  Molecular machinery.

Organelles:  An owner's guide to the cell.  Inner life of a cell.

Thermodynamics: Unit 1.3 of Essentials of Cell Biology.
Aerobic respiration: ATP and respiration.
Mitosis, meiosis, and classical genetics:  Units 2.2 - 2.4 and 3.3 from "Essentials of Genetics".
Molecular genetics:  Units 1.2, 1.4 - 1.6 from "Essentials of Genetics".    The genetic code.    
Animations: DNA replicationtranscriptiontranslation.

Exam keys from previous Bio 111 course.

General recommended  sources:
1.  An introductory textbook for biology majors.  Two good examples are Campbell et al., and Sadava et al.
2.  Inside the Cell.  The structure and function of organelles.
3.  Glossaries of biological terms: 12.

Other resources:
Exams and keys from previous years.
Drop-in tutoring hours, at the Office of Student Learning.


Teaching and learning

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Carey (2014). How we learn.  Practical advice on how, when and where to study, based on current learning science.

Oakley (2014). A mind for numbers: How to excel at math and science (even if you flunked algebra).   An excellent book on the neurobiology of learning, with practical advice.
Rules of good (and bad) studying, by Barbara Oakley.

Karpicke and Blunt (2011).  Retrieval practice produces more learning than elaborative studying with concept mapping.    Don't study passively.  Instead, quiz yourself, over and over.

Tufte E. The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint.  PowerPoint weakens reasoning.  Never read aloud from slides.

Excellent books

Each of these books caused a major change in the way that I think about a particular subject.

Austad SN. Why We Age. Both the physiological why and the evolutionary why.
Brand, S. Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto.   Only science and engineering can solve environmental problems.
Csikszentmihalyi M. Finding Flow.   Happiness comes from doing difficult things.
Dawkins R. The Selfish Gene.   Evolution is stranger than you thought.
Diamond J. Guns, Germs, and Steel.  Why didn't Native Americans invade Europe?
Kelly, K. What Technology Wants.  Biology and technology are inseparable.
Simpson, GG.  Quantitative Zoology.  A classic, readable introduction to the biological applications of statistical methods.
Vogel S. Life in Moving Fluids.   The interface between physics and biology.
Weiner J. The Beak of the Finch.   A lifetime of field work on the evolution of Galapagos finches.
Weiner J. Time, Love, Memory.   How to be an experimental biologist, and why fruit fly behavior matters.
Wilson EO. The Social Conquest of Earth.  Ants and humans rule because of their social structures.  Group selection can work (maybe).