Curriculum Vitae


Courses Taught

  • Principles of Biology I (111): Fall, odd years
    • This course provides an introduction to the basic principals of biology including molecular biology, genetics, evolutionary theory, and the diversity of life.


  • Biology of Behavior (428/528): Spring
    • This course provides an introduction to the basic principals and questions in animal behavior, emphasizing experimental approaches. During the semester we will examine the sensory and neural bases for behaviors, the ultimate causation of behaviors, and social interactions. Throughout the course we will take an evolutionary approach to develop an understanding of how behaviors function. Sample syllabus


  • Biology of Behavior Laboratory (429/529): Spring
    • This laboratory provides hands on experience in the study of animal behavior. We will follow the complete process of scientific research from the development of hypotheses to the implementation of experiments to the synthesis and presentation of results. Projects will demonstrate basic principals of animal behavior and train you in how to observe and quantify behavior. Sample syllabus


  • General Entomology (451/551): Fall, even years
    • This lecture and laboratory course is designed to give a broad introduction to the biology of insects - the most numerous and diverse animals on our planet. Topics include gaining a general knowledge of insect diversity and identification in the field and laboratory, the anatomy and function of insect bodies, strategies for survival and reproduction, and how insects impact our everyday lives. Sample syllabus


  • Advanced Topics in Behavior (628): Fall, odd years
    • This discussion based course provides students with the opportunity for detailed exploration of current topics in animal behavior, customized to students' own research. The course emphasizes understanding and synthesizing information from the primary literature. Throughout the semester, students will complete an in depth review of their chosen topic and will gain experience in how to peer review manuscripts. Sample syllabus


  • Biological Problems / Undergraduate Research
    • Visit my research page to learn more about how students have taken advantage of opportunities within the Blackledge laboratory to gain first-hand experience with scientific research on topics ranging from spider webs and silk biomechanics to the training of zoo animals.


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