Tropical Marine Biological Research in La Paz, Mexico
BIOL 437A (Tropical Marine Organismal Biological Research) and BIOL 437B (Tropical Marine Ecological Research)
BIOL437 Syllabus 2016.pdf
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- Learning science skills and marine biological concepts with students from México.
- Exploring ecosystems different than those found in the Pacific Northwest.
- Experiencing a new culture through direct interactions with instructors and students from México.
- The BIOL 200 series is a pre-requisite
- Introduction to Tropical Marine Biology BIOL397A (Spring quarter) is a pre-requisite
- BIOL497A is a co-requisite for BIOL497B
- BIOL497B is a co-requisite for BIOL407A
Program Itinerary:Calendar 2016.pdf
Born and raised in Mexico City, Alejandro Acevedo-Gutiérrez went to the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur and earned the equivalent of a B.Sc. in marine biology. (One of his best college friends is Dr. Flores-Ramirez, the Mexican instructor of this course). He earned his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University studying dolphin-shark interactions in a remote tropical island. He loves living in Bellingham and working at Western, where his research lab studies harbor seal ecology. His family is his wife Lisa, their son Ethan, and the memory of their beloved daughter Alima. His career choice has allowed him to travel to many places, live in various countries, encounter fascinating creatures, learn about many cultures and meet wonderful people.
Office Location: Biol 309
Deborah Donovan has been teaching at Western Washington University since 1998. Her position is split between the Biology Department, where she teaches marine emphasis classes, and the Science Education Group, where she teaches classes for students training to be K12 teachers. She holds a Master’s degree in Ecology from the University of California, Davis and a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on the physiological ecology of marine mollusks and she is particularly interested in how marine invertebrates adapt to their environment. She has been fortunate to complete research projects in many far away places including Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the south island of New Zealand, Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, and Jamaica’s Discovery Bay.
Phone: 360 650- 7251
Office Location: BI310
Benjamin Miner’s research focuses on the ability of organisms to change their behavior or morphology in response to environmental conditions, a phenomenon called phenotypic plasticity, and his expertise is in marine invertebrates. He has been lucky enough to work at institutions that have strong programs in marine biology. His undergraduate degree is from UC Santa Cruz. He worked at UC Santa Barbara as a research technician. He earned my Ph.D. from the University of Florida, and did post-doctoral research at UC Davis’s marine lab, Bodega Marine Laboratory. Since 2006, he has been teaching and researching at Western Washington University.
Phone: (360) 650-3640
Office Location: BI410
Sergio Francisco Flores Ramírez
Sergio was born in Puebla, Mexico. He attended the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur in La Paz (UABCS), Mexico, —where he met Alejandro Acevedo, one of Western’s instructors for this course— and earned the equivalent of a B.Sc. in marine biology. Sergio earned his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. He is currently a professor in the department of Marine Biology at UABCS, where he and his students conduct conservation-based research on molecular ecology and applied genetics.
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