Dr. William I. Lutterschmidt
      Department of Biological Sciences
      Lee Drain Building, Room 114A
      email:  bio_wil@shsu.edu
 Class Meetings:
      Lee Drain Building  (Room 144)
      Tuesday  1600 - 1700 hours

 Semester Topic:
       Conservation Biology  (Spring 2000)

Office Hours:  Office hours will be posted on my office door.  Scheduling an appointment to see the instructor is recommended.

This course will introduce undergraduate students in biology to current topics, research and research methods, literature, and controversy in biology.  Prerequisites of a declared major in biology and senior standing in the college of arts and sciences are required.

Each student will be responsible for finding and submitting three literature citations from peer-reviewed journals related to each weekly topic. Homework assignments in this course are submitted electronically.  The online form for homework submission is located below.

Example format for literature citations:
Adler, G.  1998.  Impacts of resourse abundance on populations of tropical forest rodents.  Ecology 79(1):242-254.

Blumstein, T.D., C.S. Evans, and J.C. Daniel.  1999.  An experimental study of behavioural group size effects in Tammer Wallabies, Macropus eugenii.  Animal Behavior 58:351-360.

Garten, C.T., Jr.  1976.  Relationships between aggressive behavior and genic heterozygosity in the oldfield mouse, (Peromyscus polionotus).  Evolution 30:59-72.

Greep, R.O.  1998.  Whither the global population problem.  Biochemical Pharmacology 55(4):383-386.

Powell, S. A. Newmann, J. Pendergast, and M.H. Lewis.  1999.  A rodent model of spontaneous stereotype: Initial characterization of developmental, environmental, and neurobiological factors.  Physiology and behavior 66(2):255-363.

Wadman, M.  1998.  Population explosion raises alarm over lab animal health.  Nature 391:623.

Yukasawa, N.J., H. Monder, F.R. Leff, and J.J. Christian.  1985.  Role of female behavior in controlling population growth in mice.  Aggressive Behavior 11(1):49-64.

Zelena, D., J. Haller, J. Halasz, and G.B. Makara.  1999.  Social stress of variable intensity: physiological and behavioral consequences.  Brain Research Bulletin 48(3):297-302.

You are expected to participate in weekly class discussions.  The instructor will note each week students that: 1) have actively participated in discussion, 2) have provided information regarding their weekly literature reviews, and 3) have asked questions regarding material presented in student presentations.  Attendance in this course is mandatory and missed classes will be reflected in your attendance grade for this course. 

Student Presentation 100 points
Student Research Paper 100 points
Homework 50 points
Class Participation 50 points
Attendance 50 points
Course Point Total 350 points


If grades of W(P), W(F), or I, are requested, University policy will be followed.

Students who have disabilities that may prevent them from fully demonstrating their abilities should contact the instructor as soon as possible to discuss the accommodations necessary to facilitate full participation and to ensure the each student's educational opportunity.

NOTE:  This syllabus is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.

Homework Citations Submission Form