Welcome!

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Western Oregon University.

I am an ecologist interested in how organisms are affected by, and respond to, stressors in their environment, both natural and anthropogenic.  This research spans multiple layers of biological organization, from the behavioral and physiological responses of individuals to the evolutionary responses of populations and the ecological responses of communities. My research centers mostly around amphibians, reptiles, and insects, and is underpinned by a strong knowledge of natural history. I am actively recruiting undergraduate students to conduct research in my new lab. Check out my research here, or download my CV for more information, and then Contact Me to get involved.

At Western, I teach courses in Vertebrate Natural History (BI 317; Fall), Animal Behavior (BI 360; Winter), Field Biology (Spring odd years), Introductory Biology (BI 101, 213 Spring), Biology of Insects (BI 474, Spring even years), and the Analysis of Biological Data (BI 343; Winter). I am passionate about the integration of teaching and research, and promote active, hands-on  learning in the classroom, lab, and field. Find out more about my teaching experience and philosophy here.

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About garethrhopkins

Assistant Professor of Biology at Western Oregon University
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