The School of Biological Sciences at Georgia Tech has strong undergraduate and graduate programs in Biology. I contribute to these programs by teaching core courses in Genetics, Evolution, and Ethics.
Nature, Governance, and Sustainability in Costa Rica
Costa Rica is one of the most remarkable countries in the world. The tiny Central American country is well known for its biodiversity and commitment to environmental sustainability. The tropical climate of Costa Rica supports 5% of the earth’s biodiversity, which is vastly more than would be expected based on its landmass alone. The Costa Rican population is among the most highly educated, prosperous, and happy of any Latin American country.
The “Nature, Governance, and Sustainability in Costa Rica” study abroad program focuses on exposing students to both the natural beauty of the country and to the policies and practices of the Costa Rican people that have helped turn the country into the extraordinary destination that it is. Students spend 5 weeks studying and traveling to 4 different cities in Costa Rica: San Jose, Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, Monteverde, and Canton de Quepos. The program is open to undergraduate students from all majors and backgrounds at Georgia Tech. Costa Rica is a unique location to study biology and its ethical and governance dimensions because of its legislative policies focused on sustainability and the environment.
Biological Principles (BIOS 1107)
This class provides an introduction to the basic principles of modern biology, including biomacromolecules, bioenergetics, cell structure, genetics, homeostasis, evolution, and ecological relationships.
Genetics (BIOS 2600)
Genetics focuses on understanding heredity and variation in biological systems. Genetics has a fundamental role in the study of life and in human affairs.
Bioethics (BIOS 4651)
Bioethics examines the process of science and the ethical implications of biological research. Bioethics plays an increasingly important role in our understanding of the importance and effects of biology in society.
Behavioral Biology (BIOS 4471)
Behavioral biology is an introduction to the study of the principles of behavior of all kinds of organisms, from microbes to mammals. We examine basic principles derived from evolution, ecology, ethology, and development, and use these principles to explain how and why organisms behave as they do.