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Biology 252: Environmental Animal Physiology

Faculty Member: Matt Rand
Class Description:
This course explores the physiological adaptations animals employ to survive in a wide variety of environments. Animals maintain physiological functions in the face of environmental extremes in heat, cold, aridity, deep ocean pressure, salinity, and the lack of oxygen in water or at high altitude, to name a few. An organism's ability to cope with environmental extremes has a large impact on the geographic distribution of many species. Associated laboratory will emphasize experimentation and application of physiological concepts in living organisms.

Watch/Download Full Video (Flash Video 134.6MB Sep2 09): 35:23 min

Class Video

Chapter 1: Course Goals (Flash Video 20.9MB Sep2 09) (5:31 min)
Matt describes how his course design helps students focus on the body's systems and how those systems interact, in the hope that students will begin to think like physiologists.

Chapter 2: Illustrating Lectures (Flash Video 14.1MB Sep2 09) (3:45 min)
Matt explains how he uses different work spaces in his presentation of classroom material, including the benefits and disadvantages of different technologies.

Chapter 3: Provoking Critical Questions (Flash Video 11.6MB Sep2 09) (3:03 min)
Difficult and thought-provoking questions emerge as vital part of Matt's pedagogy, as he expects students to engage his presentations with active and critical thinking.

Chapter 4: Creating Emphasis (Flash Video 17MB Sep2 09) (4:30 min)
Matt discusses the strategies he uses to highlight especially important concepts in class and to create emphasis with engaging examples.

Chapter 5: Snake in a Bag (Flash Video 11.4MB Sep2 09) (3:01 min)
Matt reveals the power of "show and tell" in creating memorable associations with course material in a classroom setting.

Chapter 6: The Shape of Class (Flash Video 10MB Sep2 09) (2:38 min)
The overall "shape" of a typical class can enhance learning by providing students with useful contexts for both specific information and broader concepts.

Chapter 7: Lab & Research Expectations (Flash Video 20.7MB Sep2 09) (5:27 min)
Matt explains that term-long research projects enable students to experience how scientific data is generated and how new research questions are generated.

Chapter 8: Watching Yourself Teach (Flash Video 26.5MB Oct12 09) (6:58 min)
Matt reflects on his experience of watching his own teaching—the energy required and the difficulty of "reading" student responses in class—as well as his own growth as a teacher and the challenge of turning mistakes into a learning opportunity. The joy of discovering new things to share with students is at the heart of Matt's passion for teaching.