Anne Walter

Saint Olaf College

Anne Walter teaches biology at St. Olaf College in comparative animal physiology, biochemical adaptation, neuroscience, and basic cell biology, chemistry, genetics and histology for students interested in nursing and exercise science (Bio 143). I truly enjoy developing and teaching interdisciplinary courses including the integrated introduction to chemistry and biology and the mathematics of biology, a lab-based course.  I frequently teach a summer bridge pre-matriculation science course in August for which we've experimented with "doing the math".   Luckily I have opportunities to guide students in international study to take interdisciplinary approaches to problems related to human and environmental health in India, evolution, ecology and conservation in Ecuador and water and climate change in Morocco.  My most recent scholarly publications are pedagogical, e.g., our mathematics of biology course and the summer bridge course. I am in the middle of writing a text with the working title “Exploring the Mathematics of Biology” with collaborator Becky Sanft. My research areas have included salt and water balance physiology,  transport physiology, physical properties of biological membranes and their lipids and proteins and I am now conducting research focused on enzyme kinetics as a function of physical stresses.  

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Activity (1)

Population Dynamics: Bacterial Growth Curves Provide Data to Calculate Growth Rates and Carrying Capacity part of Teaching Computation with MATLAB:MATLAB Workshop 2016:Teaching Activities
Bacterial growth rates are monitored by OD and OD converted to cell population density from a standard curve derived from plate counts. The resulting data are used to fit a logistic model solved at discrete time ...

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Baby-Steps Bring More Computation (or at least "math") into Biology and more Biology into Math part of Teaching Computation with MATLAB:MATLAB Workshop 2016:Essays
Anne Walter, , Saint Olaf College A number of us at St. Olaf have been saying for years that mathematical prowess and tools are needed for successful biological research and understanding and that conversely more ...