Being a Biology student at New College is like being a kid in a candy store. Everywhere you look, from our campus location on Sarasota Bay to our subtropical climate to our outstanding biology facilities and faculty, you will find opportunities other undergraduate colleges dream about. At New College, you will have opportunities to work beside renowned faculty who will immerse you in rigorous studies while giving you the opportunity to conduct advanced research as an undergraduate.
It’s difficult to find a better college to study Biology. New College is one of the only public liberal arts honors colleges in the nation, and we’re located on Sarasota Bay in a subtropical environment that gives our students unique access to what some call field research and what we call a living laboratory.
Because of our location on Sarasota Bay, we can involve our students in dozens of hands-on learning experiences without leaving campus. But our faculty also has deep connections to the greater community, the state and the nation, providing our students with unique access to internships, tutorials, independent study projects and study abroad opportunities. Our unique academic structure allows faculty to try new teaching techniques and engage you in research and in higher levels of inquiry, including classes and tutorials that emphasize both hands-on research projects as well as reading and analyzing primary literature.
As a Biology student, you will build critical thinking, writing and research skills by beginning with course work in General Biology. A well-rounded biologist builds on basic concepts with study in core areas:
• Cell and developmental biology
• Organismal biology
You will build that core through courses supplemented by lab tutorials, internships and seminars, all designed to give you an opportunity to shape your interests. Your studies also will include introductions to physics, chemistry and calculus, as part of building a broad basis in science. Studying statistics and a modern language other than English make important contributions to a biologist’s education.
With that foundation in place, our flexible curriculum can accommodate your special interests and needs. Faculty regularly offers sub-disciplines such as marine biology, neurobiology and environmental studies.
In our Biology AOC, you can study coral reef ecology in the College’s Pritzker Marine Biology Research Center, where we have more than 100 aquaria, anchored by a 15,000-gallon research and display tank.You can do research on dolphins at Mote Marina Lab in Sarasota Bay. Or you can explore brain behavior, the effects of oil spills, climate change, conservation, science education and outreach, the complexities of rainforests, genetics, molecular biology and more.
Our faculty bring Biology to life in the classroom and by incorporating the resources of the College’s location on the bay give you a firsthand look at biology in the field. As a New College student, your program of study has the flexibility to let you pursue Biology or any of our sub-disciplines, such as Marine Biology, Neurobiology and Environmental Studies. And because we believe in the liberal arts, many of our students combine their passion for biology with fields such as chemistry, languages and more.
Faculty members will involve you in outreach opportunities and help you make key connections to pursue internships and independent studies. Our Biology students have studied the genetics of lung disease, squid behavior in Honduras, research into brain injury and disease at the Roskamp Institute and immune system abnormalities in lupic mice in Paris. Our outreach team goes into classrooms providing demonstrations and information about grains, community gardening and more.
In Marine Biology, your courses will include Coral Reef Ecology, Fish Biology, Methods of Field Ecology and Animal Behavior, and study at a marine field station. Neurobiology combines courses in Neurobiology, Vertebrate Neuroanatomy and Brain Behavior and Evolution with labs or courses in neurobiology from the New College Department of Social Sciences. In Environmental Studies, you will study field methods, case studies, theory and science of rainforests, tree canopies, coral reefs and other ecosystems.
As you focus your interests, you will undertake one or two independent study projects (ISPs) and a senior thesis. Upon completion, your Biology AOC at New College will haven given you an understanding of the life of a cell, an organism and an ecosystem, and the skills you need to succeed both in graduate school and beyond.
We have a strong track record of producing successful graduates. Our alumni have attended some of the nation’s top graduate schools and worked for a diverse set of employers, including the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, The Nature Conservancy, Mote Marine Lab, The Roskamp Institute, Aquatic Plants of Florida, biofuel companies, state and local governments, and parks and preserves across Florida. They have become researchers, professors, physicians, conservation managers, fisheries biologists, and entrepreneurs.
A senior research project is required of students in the major. Each academic experience builds toward your senior project, which is a research or a creative project in your major or area of concentration. It’s required for graduation, and our students tell us while it’s demanding, it’s also one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives.
You can also click here to read the Biology Academic Learning Compact.
Here’s a list of recent course offerings in Biology:
General Biology: The Vertebrates
An introduction to the form and function of vertebrate organ systems. A survey of vertebrate solutions to the basic problems of life will be conducted. Characteristic adaptations to the demands of aquatic, terrestrial, and aerial environments will be studied and representatives of the vertebrate classes will be selected for discussion. Enrollment limited to 30 students.
General Biology in a Cultural Context
Why are different spices favored in various regions of the world? How is the study of soy sauce, dawadawa and sauerkraut integral to understanding fermentation? When did the “rules” of genetic inheritance become established? The study of biological processes at the cellular and subcellular levels can reveal some of the subtleties of living systems that shape how an organism interacts with its surroundings. Traditional topics such as cell structure, classical and molecular genetics, and cellular metabolism will be explored. We will examine biology as a way of knowing about life processes through using studies from different cultures. There will be an emphasis on group work and self-directed study. In-class experiments and observations, online discussion sessions, and digital portfolios will augment understanding of major concepts. This class is suitable for anyone interested in learning about the unity and diversity of living systems. Those interested in gender studies can focus projects in this area. Lab fee required.
General Biology: From Molecules to Organism
In this introductory course, we will investigate the mechanisms by which organisms are formed from macromolecules. Topics to be covered include biological molecules, cellular structure and function, the flow of genetic information in cells, cellular communication and organization into tissues, fertilization, and the embryonic development of plants and animals. Several major bodily systems will also be covered. Examples include circulatory, urinary, and digestive systems in humans and xylem and phloem in plants. Most reading assignments will be taken from a required text. However, we will also explore such controversial issues as gene therapy, human cloning and genetically modified organisms, which are prevalent in both the scientific literature and the popular press. Student presentations will be required. Lab fee required.
Current Issues in Human Genetics
Genetics issues are becoming a large part of everyday life. We will use ideas such as cloning, gene therapy, bioengineering, and prenatal screening to frame discussions of general genetics concepts. This class has no prerequisites except interest. It is designed as an interdisciplinary course where no particular science background is assumed. Those interested in gender studies can focus projects in this area. Enrollment limited to 20.
Science of Science Fiction
Scientists as well as people who have been trained in the sciences write speculative fiction. Sometimes, writers with little science background imagine a future filled with practical inventions. We will use science fiction writings and films to explore some of the ideas that were first developed in the laboratory of the mind and have come to be commonplace in our world. While our focus will be on biology, exploring such issues as cloning, genetically modified foods and cybernetics, we will also examine ideas such as miniaturization (nanotechnology) and liquid metals. This course is open to anyone with an open mind and an interest in science.
Women and Science
There are two components to this course. First we will examine the roles of women in contributing to science and technology. This will include an understanding of how women participate in the scientific community as well as major contributions by women. Second, we will explore how science has influenced the lives of women. This will open obvious areas of discourse such as reproductive technologies, medicine, and time-saving devices as well as more subtle influences such as the internet and energy technologies. The course is open to all with an interest in science.
Introduction to Botany
An introduction to the biology of plants, including cells, energy and biomass production, biochemical and physiological systems, in vivo structure, reproduction, diversity and ecology will be taught. Similarities between single celled photosynthetic organisms and multi-cellular vascular plants will be explored. Students are expected to successfully complete quizzes, a mid-term, a final, and write a research paper on an approved plant Topic. Limit 40 students
Introduction to Botany Laboratory
Laboratories will consist of plant dissections, external morphology, identification, drawings, field trips, and field collections. Morphological structure will be taught so that dichotomous keys can be used to properly identify collected specimens. Field trips will also focus on plant-plant, plant-insect, and plant-vertebrate interactions with special attention to plants in sensitive areas. Speakers and local experts in plant communities, wetlands, and/or threatened eco-systems may guest lecture some trips. Laboratory evaluations will include, but is not limited to, the successful identification of 50 plant genera for inclusion in an herbarium, either pressed or photographed. Students are expected to successfully complete a mid-term exam and submit an herbarium as a final project. Limit 15 students/section. Lab Fee Required.
Introduction to Plant Ecology – An Environmental Approach
Plants “rule the world” as the basis of all life on Earth. In this class, we will examine the important theories that represent the backbone of all ecosystems through the perspective of plants – competition, interactions, symbiosis, succession, regeneration, invasive species, diversity, evolution, and relatively recent human applications such as ethnobotany, agriculture, and genetic breeding. Students will read primary literature from scientific journals, and we will discuss their major findings as well as assess the sampling designs of eminent plant ecologists. Although this is a lecture discussion class, there will be several laboratory field trips to introduce sampling techniques in plant ecology. The course will culminate with a biodiversity blitz, whereby students will survey a local ecosystem with respect to all its structure, function, and biodiversity. Students will design a sampling regime, conduct surveys and write up their results. Assessment will also include one exam and several short papers. This course satisfies the requirement for introductory environmental studies as well as introductory ecology.
Introduction to Entomology
An introductory course designed for the beginning insect enthusiast who is interested in the uniqueness and/or the beauty of the world’s most abundant animal. Students will learn evolutionary and external morphology, general physiology, behavior, habits, and habitats, social interactions with man and other animals, sequestration by plants, and more. Students will also study insects in structural and agricultural ecosystems with an ecological focus. Students are expected to successfully complete quizzes, a mid-term, a final, give a 10 minute insect related in-class presentation, and to write a research report on an approved insect topic. Enrollment limited to 30 students.
Introduction to Entomology Laboratory
The laboratory will focus on insect, their habitats, life cycles, and immature forms. Morphology will be taught so that students can use dichotomous keys for proper identification. Local field trips will be conducted with the expectation that each student will attend. An insect collection is required. You may submit digital images of your properly identified specimen, live specimen or pinned and properly labeled ones. If live specimens are submitted, they must be released in the habitat where they were found. Enrollment limited to 15 students. Lab Fee Required.
Introduction to Oceanography
We will examine physical, chemical, biological and geological phenomena of the oceans, emphasizing events in the tropics. More than 85% of all Americans live within 50 miles of a coastline (including major lakes). Though mountain climbers aspire to climb Mt. Everest on land, many people walk the peaks of the highest mountain on Earth, Hawaii (33,476 feet high from base on the ocean floor to tallest rise above sea-level), every day without notice. Students will be expected to participate in group projects and to engage in active learning. Some in-class experiments and field trips will enhance the lecture course. Those interested in a gender studies focus are welcome. Science background is not required.
Enrollment limited to 25.
Coral Reef Ecology
This course is a survey of the principles and concepts of ecology as applied to the study of coral reef ecosystems. Unique features of coral reefs will be considered as well as features in common with other ecosystems. The role of coral reefs in global ecology will be investigated and examples of reefs in the major reef provinces will be studied, with some emphasis on the Caribbean. Theoretical issues in ecology will be considered in light of impacts on reef dynamics of anthropogenic and natural factors. This course also includes an opportunity for students to participate in a field lab in Bocas del Toro, Panama during the summer. Enrollment limited to 30 students.
An Introduction to Aquarium Science: Its History and Methods
This lecture course will cover the history of study of aquatic organisms in the “captive” environment. It will detail methodologies for maintaining marine and freshwater organisms and ecosystems for observation and experimental studies. A survey of commonly maintained species and their classifications and general biology will be included. Note, some class days will be devoted to field collecting or trips to local aquaria; lectures missed on those days will be made up in the next class, i.e. two lectures will be given with less laboratory time. Enrollment limited to 16 students. Preference will be given to students carrying out or planning research on captive aquatic organisms. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Laboratory Experience in Aquatic Biology and Aquarium Science and College level general biology or consent of instructor.
Laboratory Experience in Aquatic Biology and Aquarium Science
This laboratory course will feature collecting and identification of aquatic life in local habitats. Students will set up, maintain and monitor organisms in marine or freshwater aquaria. Field trips to local public aquariums will be arranged. Films and videotapes will be used to “visit” other aquariums and underwater habitats. Techniques for behavioral observation and underwater photography and videography will be discussed and students will carry out mini-projects on the ecology or behavior of selected aquatic organisms/ecosystems. With permission, students may assist staff in the maintenance and study of organisms in the larger aquariums of the LETRA (Living Ecosystems Teaching and Research Aquarium). Note, some class days will be devoted to field collecting or trips to local aquaria; lectures missed on those days will be made up in the next class, i.e. two lectures will be given with less laboratory time. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in An Introduction to Aquarium Science and college level general biology or consent of instructor. Enrollment limited to 16 students.
Invertebrate Zoology: Phylogeny, Form and Function
This course will emphasize the ecology, structure and physiology of invertebrates, the largest assemblage of animals on earth. Systematics will be covered in the context of phylogenetic relationships of taxa. Representative invertebrates will be collected from Sarasota Bay and other local habitats for classroom/laboratory study. General Biology would be helpful but is not required. Laboratory fee is required. Limited to 20 students due to classroom/lab constraints.
Introduction to Genetics
Genetics is a comprehensive course encompassing classical Mendelian hypotheses, biochemical genetics, cytoplasmic heredity, population applications and new concepts in DNA technology. We will explore these areas using simulations, small observational experiments in class in addition to interactive lectures. Active learning is required, so students must be prepared to work with others and to engage material with curiosity. We will be using an electronic portfolio format in the class for shared projects and discussions. Prerequisite: College level General Biology or permission of instructor.
The genetics lab is a full term endeavor. It is divided into two parts emphasizing the major areas of genetic experimentation. THESE PARTS ARE SHOWN BELOW. Lab fee required for each module.
Genetics Laboratory Part I – Classical Genetics Techniques Laboratory
Part One (Module 1)
Goals are to acquaint the student with laboratory instruments, to instill lab safety and to begin building lab poise. Experiments will center around classical Mendelian genetics. Thus, little knowledge of chemistry is required to complete this course successfully. Although knowledge of genetics would be beneficial, formal courses in the subject are not required. Prerequisites: General Biology or instructor permission. Class enrollment limited to 18 owing to laboratory space and safety.
Genetics Laboratory Part II – Fundamentals of Applied Genetics
Part Two (Module 2)
Laboratory skills gained in the Module 1 Lab will be extended and amplified in this course. Students will be required to do a series of experiments using a variety of organisms. Development of micro techniques in this course is essential. Owing to the nature of the course, students may have to spend time in the lab outside of assigned class time. Prerequisites: Classical Genetics Techniques, Introductory Genetics. Class enrollment limited to 18 owing to laboratory space and safety requirements.
Cell Biology Lecture
This course will focus on the structure and function of eukaryotic cells. Topics will include bioenergetics, the structure and function of membranes, organelles and the cytoskeleton, cellular metabolism, macromolecular transport and cellular organization, the cell cycle, cell signaling, and the extracellular matrix. The cellular bases of diseases and of extracellular signal perception will be emphasized. Student presentations will be required. Prerequisites: College level introductory biology or equivalent. Enrollment limited to 35 students.
Cell Biology Laboratory
This laboratory course is designed to compliment the Cell Biology Lecture course. Students will develop laboratory technique and data analysis skills while learning several different approaches used to study cells. Some independent inquiry will be required. Such cell biological techniques as microscopy (various types), tissue preparation for microscopy, sub cellular separation, protein and nucleic acid extraction, gel electrophoresis, immunoblotting, and real time RT-PCR will be emphasized. Co-requisite or prerequisite: Cell Biology Lecture. Enrollment limited to 14 students. Lab fee required.
Fish Biology Laboratory
Students will identify specimens of most major groups of fishes using frozen material from museum collections, fishes collected by the class, and live fish in aquarium displays. Emphasis will be on local freshwater, estuarine and marine animals. A comparative approach will be emphasized. Observation of the behavior of live animals will be carried out in the laboratory including the larger aquariums of the LETRA (Living Ecosystems Teaching and Research Aquarium). Note, some class days will be devoted to field collecting or trips to local aquaria; lectures missed on those days will be made up in the next class, i.e. two lectures will be given with less laboratory time. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Fish Biology Lecture or consent of the instructor. Highest priority for enrollment will be given to students doing independent study or thesis research on fishes or ecosystems involving fishes. Enrollment limited to 16 students. Lab Fee Required.
Fish Biology Lecture
This course will cover in some detail the major features of modern fish biology, including a synthesis of material from “classical” ichthyology, fishery science, fish physiology including behavioral biology, and certain aspects of limnology and marine biology. The history of fishes will be covered in an evolutionary context. This will include all major fish groups. Discussion will stress adaptive features, which permit survival in diverse aquatic environments. Functional systems for: reproduction and development, feeding and growth, locomotion, sensory perception, cardiovascular and endocrine control, osmoregulation, territoriality, migration, behavioral ecology, genetics and conservation biology, will be considered in some detail. Note, some class days will be devoted to field collecting or trips to local aquaria; lectures missed on those days will be made up in the next class, i.e. two lectures will be given with less laboratory time. Prerequisite: General Biology, concurrent enrollment in Fish Biology Laboratory or consent of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 16 students.
General Toxicology is an interdisciplinary course designed for the student interested in broadening his/her experience into the sciences of toxins (poisons) and their influences on biological systems and the environment. Course content will cover the history of the science, toxicant type (poisons, pesticides, solvents, oils, estrogen, estrogen mimics, triclosan, carcinogens, teratogens, natural toxins and other pollutants), adsorption, distribution, metabolism, biological elimination, sequestration, and remediation. Prerequisites: Organic chemistry, biochemistry and/or cell biology, entomology, or botany. Students not meeting the above criteria should meet with the instructor to discuss experiences/interests so that permission to attend the class can be determined.
Animal Behavior Lecture
Analysis of behavior integrating the concepts of levels of behavioral organization and the developmental history of behavior. The adaptive significance of behavior and its evolution in a variety of vertebrate and invertebrate animals will be considered. Social behavioral mechanisms will also be considered at selected levels of psychological complexity. Concepts and theories of behavioral ecology and the interface between behavior and ecology will be critically analyzed. The developing field of cognitive ethology and animal cognition will be reviewed and discussed. The overall approach of the course will be to contrast and compare formulations of ethology and comparative psychology with regard to their influences on methodology and the types of hypotheses generated by each viewpoint. Prerequisite: General Biology and preferably also Organismic Biology. Enrollment limited to 30 students.
Animal Behavior Laboratory
Experimental techniques of behavioral analysis in laboratory and field will be introduced. Students will become familiar with the techniques of behavioral observation in the field in the ethological tradition. They will learn how to construct an ethogram, design a field study, analyze data and write a research article. Instrumental conditioning will be covered in the laboratory using the shuttle-box avoidance paradigm. A Coulbourn Instruments computerized stimulus presentation and data analysis system is available for use with fish as experimental subjects and other taxa as well. Students will be required to prepare grant proposals for independent projects that will be carried out during the second module.
Enrollment limited to 14 students. Lab fee required.
Organismic Biology Lecture
An advanced course considering the biology of chordates. The origin and evolution of the protochordate phyla will be discussed as well as the phylogeny of the vertebrates. Principles of systematics will be applied to the study of the evolution of each vertebrate class. The anatomy, physiology, development, ecology and behavioral adaptations representing the diversity within each will be analyzed. Prerequisite: General Biology. Enrollment limited to 30 students.
Organismic Biology Laboratory
The morphological and functional analysis of chordate adaptations. Protochordate feeding ecology will be experimentally analyzed. Variations on the basic vertebrate plan will be studied as represented in select members of each class of vertebrates. Character states will be determined by means of dissection and histological techniques. Functional properties of selected organ systems will be analyzed with electro physiological techniques. Laboratory fee required. Enrollment Limited to 16 students.
Conservation Biology – Climate Change
Natural ecosystems provide important, yet complex, services to the planet Earth, yet we are only just beginning to understand the links between human populations and their dependence on the natural world. In this course, we will focus on both economic and biological aspects of conservation including issues such as exotic species, carbon sequestration, global climate change, pesticides, and the politics of rain forest pharmaceuticals. The course will begin with the history of conservation and end with current issues surrounding climate change, both science and politics. Extensive readings will be required, ranging from The IPCC Report to One World – the Ethics of Globalization by Peter Singer. Students will analyze case studies at three levels: local, national, and international. The course will be assessed via three activities: 1. Field excursions with written reports and class discussion from these field trips; SPARKS or lively class debates on current events illustrating conservation principles; and one research paper.
SOS – Student Outreach in Science
This environmental studies tutorial links New College students to community school classrooms to promote science for middle-schoolers. Participants in this course will create lectures relating to hands-on natural science about different topics to several area schools including Pine View, Sarasota Military Academy, Ashton Middle, and Booker as well as Boys and Girls Club, Girls Inc. and the local science museum, G WIZ. Others can be added as the program grows. Students will also create hands-on interpretive field units to teach nature walks on Saturday mornings in natural areas owned by Sarasota County aimed to provide outdoor, family-friendly science outreach to the entire community. Assessment will be based on the creation of classroom and field units including PowerPoint and hands-on activities for middle schoolers, grant writing, participation in a variety of different schools and classrooms, and the ability to work together as a team of educators in our community.
STRESS – Senior Thesis Research for Environmental Studies Students
This seminar is limited to students majoring in environmental studies during the semester before thesis-writing (who are not taking any other divisional tutorial), and requires advance permission of the instructor. The course has two components — a reading/discussion section, and a skill-set section. Students will learn important realworld skills for environmental leadership including grant-writing, public communication of science, writing for the media, and independent research (through the thesis process). Students will be expected to work independently, read current events in environmental issues, and produce several written and oral assignments including a grant, a public presentation, a newspaper article, and a PowerPoint presentation, all leading to a final thesis. A wide range of environmental readings will comprise a second component of the course, ranging from The Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold to The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. Students will discuss different literature and historical events through readings in the environmental literature, and write several small papers relating to these readings. Although this course is aimed at Environmental Studies majors, it is also open to other students who wish to analyze some key environmental issues. Brief quizzes will ensure everyone is prepared to discuss each week’s material. Studies programs and participate in several field trips relating to community environmental issues. Requires permission of instructor.
The Role of Women in Natural History
This course will examine famous women in natural history as writers, illustrators and explorers. The class will focus on literature and primary sources, including such important figures as Rachel Carson, Lucy Audubon, Lynn Margulis, Barbara Kingsolver, Mardy Murie, Harriet Tubman, Diane Ackerman, Annie Dillard, and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. The class will include lively discussion and analysis of the contributions of these women to natural science, and two field trips to sites in Florida that honor women in natural history. All students will engage in nature-journaling as part of the course requirements, critique and edit, and develop his/her own style of natural history writing. In addition, students will develop a unit on some aspect of nature writing or natural history to present at local schools as an important component of Environmental Studies outreach for New College. Preference is given to students who are concentrating on environmental studies, or who have taken some biology courses. Seminar course limited to 10 students.
An experimental analysis of the physiology of neural and sensory systems. Electro physiological stimulation and recording techniques will be utilized to study the operating characteristics of selected model preparations. A PowerLab system is available for online recordings, display and processing of neural signals. Each student will be expected to learn to operate the equipment and carry out individual projects. Prerequisites: General Biology and consent of instructor. Limited to 16 students. Laboratory fee required.
An advanced course dealing with the general features of nervous systems and the principles of neural organization educed from a variety of invertebrate and vertebrate model preparations. The neural substrate of various behavioral adaptations will be considered as well as the role of sensory mechanisms in these adaptations. A detailed analysis of the adequate stimuli, transduction, coding and transmission characteristics of various sensory systems will be carried out. Prerequisite: General Biology and consent of instructor. Enrollment limited to 30 students.
Advanced Ecology – Forest Canopies
This course will build on the issues from Introductory Plant Ecology, where students learned the components of an ecosystem, nutrient cycling and other processes in ecosystems, the role of plants as the basis of all life, current environmental issues relating to plant structure and function, and spatial and temporal factors that contribute to diversity of ecosystems. Using local ecosystems as a case study, we will delve into extensive detail about the evolution, structure, physiology, components, and processes of forest canopies. Each student will become an expert in the primary literature of one aspect of forest canopies, ranging from birds to herbivory to nutrient cycling to fossil interpretations of forest canopies. Students will also undertake a semester-long field ecology project at Carlton Reserve, with appropriate experimental design, hypothesis, data collection, and research paper. . Several field trips to local forest canopies will be required, including methods of canopy access. Prerequisites: Introduction to Plant Ecology and permission of instructor. Class limited to 10 students.
Advanced Toxicology is a course designed for the toxicology student interested in broadening his/her experience into the sciences of toxins (poisons) and their influences on biological systems and the environment. Course content will cover specific toxicant types (poisons, pesticides, solvents, oils, estrogen, estrogen mimics, triclosan, carcinogens, teratogens, natural toxins and pollutants), adsorption, distribution, metabolism, biological elimination, sequestration, and remediation. Lectures will cover mammalian systems with emphasis on target organs, detoxification and adverse effects. Methods to extract toxicants from soil, water, air, and plant material will be discussed from journal articles, EPA published methods, and methods developed in our labs. Pesticide toxicity and organ effects will be demonstrated in invertebrate systems focusing on routes of entry, solubility, sequestration, elimination, and detoxification. Prerequisites: General Toxicology is required to participate in this class.
Advanced Toxicology Laboratory
Advanced Toxicology Laboratory is a companion course for the advanced toxicology student. It will explore classroom lectures and discussion into an active demonstration in the laboratory. Students will learn the principles of chromatography, NMR, extraction (macro and micro), metabolite formation, conjugation, and identification. Methods to extract toxicants from soil, water, air, and plant material will be covered from journal articles, EPA published methods, and methods developed in our labs. Pesticide toxicity and organ effects will be demonstrated in invertebrate systems focusing on routes of entry, solubility, sequestration, elimination, and detoxification. Prerequisites: General Toxicology is required to participate in this class. Students not meeting the above criteria will not be allowed to participate.
Developmental Biology is a logical follow-up to the Cellular Biology course, since we will examine the roles of gene expression regulation and cell signaling, division and movements in animal development. The major topics to be covered include gametogenesis, fertilization, cleavage, axis determination, gastrulation, organogenesis, pattern formation, and limb formation. In addition, two hands-on live demonstrations of developmental processes will be conducted. Student presentations will be required. Prerequisite: Cellular Biology Lecture
This course was designed for the student who has some prior knowledge of insect behavior and/or plant evolution. Insects and plants have co-evolved to form unique relationships. Some relationships are mutually beneficial while others are destructive. Plants also attract insects to increase their own survival through pollination, seed dispersion or the consumption of insects as food. The history of these interactions, their geographic distribution, host plant selections, including feeding and oviposition will be studied. Students are expected to conduct library and web literature searches and to prepare 4 short reports (two of which will be inclass presentations) on specific insect-plant relationships during the course and to complete 2 take-home exams. Prerequisite: Into to Botany, Entomology, or similar course that must be approved by instructor. Enrollment limited to 20.
Neurobiology and Behavior of Marine Animals Laboratory
“Hands-on” exercises to compliment the lectures and discussions in the Neurobiology and Behavior of Marine Animals Lecture. Nervous and sensory systems in a variety of invertebrates and cold-blooded vertebrates will be studied by dissection and study of special microscope preparations. Working in small groups students will also explore the affects of neural lesions and electrical stimulation on the behavior of selected invertebrates and fishes. Students will be expected to provide documentation of the results of the lab studies. Prerequisite: Completion or concurrent enrollment in Neurobiology and Behavior of Marine Animals Lecture or consent of instructor. Enrollment limited to 12. Lab fee required.
Neurobiology and Behavior of Marine Animals Lecture
This course will survey neural and hormonal systems that mediate behavior in a variety of marine animals. The evolution of control systems for adaptive behaviors will be stressed. Phylogenetic as well as levels of organization approaches to understanding brain-behavior systems will be considered. Topics include: integration in nerve nets of jellyfish and hydroids; primitive bilateral control in flatworms; ganglionic integration and central control of behavior in arthropods and molluscs; neuroendocrine pathways in higher invertebrates; radial control in echinoderms; origins of vertebrate nervous pathways in the protochordates; evolution of sensorimotor integration and behavioral plasticity (learning and related phenomena) in fishes. Survey of cetacean brain-behavior systems. Prerequisites: Some prior knowledge of basic neurobiology and/or physiological psychology or zoology of marine organisms, or consent of instructor.
This Intermediate-level course will cover various aspects of plant growth, metabolism and reproduction. Specific topics to be explored include plant water relations, mineral nutrition, plant growth regulators, photosynthesis, phloem translocation and plant responses and adaptations to the environment. Special topics will include genetic engineering (pros and cons), crop physiology and crop ecology. Prerequisite: Introduction to Botany and preferably also Cell Biology Lecture OR permission of the instructor.
Topics in Cell Signaling
In this upper-level course, we will explore the mechanisms by which cells communicate with one another, perceive information from their environment, and translate external signals into changes in gene expression, motility, enzyme activity etc. Assigned readings will be taken from the scientific literature. Although brief lectures will be given to provide background information, class discussions will form the basis for the course. Prerequisite: Cellular Biology Lecture. Enrollment limited to 15 students.
Vertebrate Neuroanatomy Laboratory
This course will entail the study of functional mammalian neural pathways using both thick brain slices and sections on microscope slides. Human and sheep brain material will be studied. All major systems will be covered. Prerequisite: Completion of Vertebrate Neuroanatomy Lecture or consent of instructor. Limit 8 students. Highest priority will be given to students doing independent study or thesis research in neuroscience related disciplines.Lab fee required.
Vertebrate Neuroanatomy Lecture
This course will survey the major functional-neuroanatomical pathways in the vertebrates using the human brain as a model. The pathways include central systems for vision, hearing, equilibrium, somatosensory, taste, smell, movement control, reproduction, feeding, aggression, punishment-reward, and endocrine autonomic control. The evolution of the systems will be considered I the context of studies based on older “classical as well as more modern technology. Prerequisite: Completion of Neurobiology and Behavior of Marine Animals or equivalent background, e.g. completion of a neurobiology or physiological course or consent of instructor.
Biology – Group Tutorials
Advanced Topics in Cell Biology
Topics from the Cell Biology lecture course will be explored in depth and with the aid of articles from the primary literature. Critical thinking and analysis will be emphasized. Students will help to define topics of interest. Past areas of study have included cancer cell biology, cell signaling and stem cells. Prerequisite: Cell Biology Lecture.
Plant Physiology Lab Tutorial
In this tutorial, students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge from the Plant Physiology Lecture course to the investigation of plant processes in the laboratory. Areas of emphasis have included transpiration, plant pigments, protein analysis, and the study of gall formation and stomatal opening and closure. Prerequisite: Plant Physiology Lecture.
Advanced Cell Biology Laboratory Techniques
Students will have the opportunity to focus on cell biology-related techniques of interest. The format is flexible to accommodate the specific needs and interests of the participants. Some examples from past tutorials include light microscopy and digital imaging, and real time RT-PCR. Prerequisite: Cell Biology Lecture and preferably also lab.
Insect Anatomy and Physiology
Insect anatomy and physiology is a course designed for the student wishing to further studies in entomology or to create a major. This course is an in-depth look at embryology, structure, design, and function of general and specific insect structures. Students must be prepared to learn external cuticular and innervated structures, names, and functions. The first two lectures are given by the professor. Subsequent lectures are given by (the) student(s) with corrections, explanations, and discussions directed by the professor. Prerequisite(s): Introduction to Entomology and/or Insect-Plant Interactions.
Microbiology with laboratory
The microbes are an important part of our world that often go unappreciated. In this group tutorial, we will examine what constitutes “microbial”, microbial ecology, medical microbiology and industrial microbiology. During the second module, we will continue our readings but include as well as series of lab exercises to demonstrate morphology, diversity, and properties of microbes. This group activity is limited to 8 students.
Students will learn to recognize European honeybee castes (Queen, Drone, and Workers), eggs, larvae, and pupae. Tools and hive equipment such as frames, excluder, hive tools and hive box types will be demonstrated and used to manipulate colonies. Honeybee life cycle, roles and responsibilities, honey production and extraction will be covered in lecture. Practical hands-on experiences will include proper donning of a bee suit and veil, lighting smokers, opening and closing hives and proper management of colonies.
Permaculture is the arrangement of agricultural plants, systems, and plots so that compatible plants provide insect, weed, and disease suppression while providing balance to the farmer/grower that appeal to sight, smell, and well-being in a place of calm.
Sustainable agriculture was designed to introduce students to agricultural practices of yesteryear, current single farmer and corporate farmer enterprises. Sustainability includes recycling waste generated on site, a reduction in inorganic fertilizers and pesticides, and the use of green fodders, and cover crops for the production of edible crops.
Ethnobotany is the study of plants and how they are used by indigenous people as medicines, food, housing, and pest control. The majority of the plants covered will be from the rain forests of South America, local herb gardens, and some wild native species. Since this is a botany class, the rituals associated with healing will be minimally covered.
Organic gardening has many definitions; however, most of us associate this with a reduction/elimination of inorganic pesticides and fertilizers, hand and/or small tool weeding, and minimal watering. We will explore commercial agriculture production techniques and compare that to local gardens. Labor comparisons between commercial farmers and backyard gardeners are discussed to show that ones livelihood determines the sophistication of inputs to maximize production. I emphasize differences between gardening for fun and economic survival as well as the apparent attraction of gardening to affluent members of our society.
Energy Audit tutorial
A survey and hands-on action tutorial to focus on clean energy and planning for efficiency on the New College campus as well as surveying best practices for clean energy around the country.
Marine Science Outreach Tutorial
This is an opportunity for students to learn about both formal and informal science education through reading primary literature, working in small groups on outreach projects, participating in science education workshops, and working with local k-12 teachers.
students will conduct independent study on aspects of tropical ecology and conservation, including ethnobotany, canopy ecology, rain forest conservation, logging practices, and nutrient cycling.
Studies of local bird populations with accompanying literature review on bird population dynamics and ecology
Natural Florida Landscaping, By Dan Walton and Laurel Schiller, 2007; Pineapple Press, Inc. Your Green Home, A Guide to Planning a Healthy, Environmentally Friendly New Home, By Alex Wilson, 2006; www.newsocietypublishers.com. Natural Remodeling for the Not-So-Green-House, By Carol Venolia & Kelly Lerner, 2006; Lark Books, Division of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.
To find out more about the Biology AOC and course listings, check out our general catalog.
New College Biology graduates are at work in diverse areas around the country and the world. Some go on to professional careers such as M.D.s or M.D./Ph.D.s, D.D.S., and V.M./Ph.D.s. Some go into teaching. Still others find a path that is uniquely their own. Here is a quick look at two of our graduates in Biology:
Sharon Matola ’78 is often referred to as “the Jane Goodall of Central America.” She founded the Belize Zoo in 1983 to protect native animals. Her life story, in particular her struggle to stop the Chalillo dam, is documented in the book, The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw: One Woman’s Fight to Save the World’s Most Beautiful Bird (2008) by Bruce Barcott.
Chris Doe, Ph.D., ’77 is a Professor of Biology and a Member of the Institute of Neuroscience and the Institute of Molecular Biology at the University of Oregon, Eugene. But his career and his interests in developmental biology were honed at New College. Take a look at this bio on Chris from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute:
People who knew Chris Doe as a child didn’t need a medium or a crystal ball to know he was likely to pursue science of some sort. A Jacques Cousteau devotee, Doe built makeshift submarines in his Southern California backyard and tried them out in various lakes and streams. “My path was easily predicted early on,” Doe laughs. What wasn’t so obvious was how a passion for oceanography resulted in a life’s work studying neural stem cells and neural development. As a biology major at the New College of Florida, Sarasota, Doe met his first mentor, John Morrill, a developmental biologist working on sea urchins. Peering through the microscope in Morrill’s lab, Doe watched an organism develop from a fertilized egg.“I got really excited about developmental biology in college and that was where I switched from wanting to be an oceanographer,” he says. It was with that excitement that Doe entered Stanford University as a graduate student to study how stem cells from grasshoppers develop into neurons. Learn more about Dr. Doe’s path.
New College is proud of the many Biology graduates who have contributed to the field. Here’s a sampling of some of our graduates as well:
Sample of Graduate Schools Attended by NCF Students in Biology
Each academic experience builds toward your senior thesis project. It’s required for graduation, and our students tell us that while it’s demanding, it’s also one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives. Here are some thesis projects in Biology:
“Investigating the Potential Existence of Endophytic Bacteria in Early Stage Maize Kernels” by Matthew Anderson
“The Coelomocytes And Inflammation In The Sea Urchin Lytechinus Vareigatus (Lamarck, 1816)” by Katrina Bang
“Growth Rate of an Invasive Apple Snail, Pomacea insularum (d’Orbigny), and its Potential Impact on Native Florida Ecosystems” by Allegra Buyer
“Diel Activity of the Poison Frog Oophaga Pumilio in Response to Weather Conditions in Bocas Del Toro, Panama” by Raluca Cruceanu
“Evidence For Brassinosteroid Signaling and Changes in Cuticle Permeability During Carpel Fusion in Catharanthus roseus L” by Kaija Jo Goodman
“Methylation-Dependent Rolling-Circle Amplification: A Novel Method for Detecting Dna Methylation” by Christopher Bernard Mulholland
“Using Oligonucleotide Probes for in Situ Hybridization in Developing Cml322 Maize Endosperm” by Alyssa Sonchaiwanich
“A Transcript Analysis of Il-17 Signaling Related Genes in Response to Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection in Experimental Elastase/Lps Injured Murine Lungs” by Christopher E. Mangels
“The Distribution of Cyphoma Gibbosum (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Cypraeoidea: Ovulidae) (The Flamingo Tongue Gastropod) in Relation to the Presence of the Fungal Disease Aspergillosis on Gorgonia Spp. (Anthozoa: Cnidaria: Octocorallia: Gorgoniidae)” by Julie Christina Krzykwa
“Interaction of Time and Environment and Environment on Sheepshead Minnow” by Morgan Molina-Marin
“Vegetarian Shrimp: the Effects of Attractants in Alternative Plant-Based Diets on Growth Rates of Juvenile Pacific White Shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) (Boone, 1931)” by Megan White-Domain
“Learning Under Stress: Separating the Effects of Allopregnanolone and Fluoxetine in Carassius Auratus” by Jeremy David Evans
“Similarity between the Morphological Chromatophore Systems Present in the Autonomic Vertical Banding Display of the Bluegill (Lepomis Macrochirus) and Selected Cichlids” by Avery Thomson
“A Functional and Structural Analysis of Cells in Mice Visual Cortex” by Jasmine Zeki
“Cyanobacteria as a biological indicator for the celery fields storm water mitigation area in Sarasota” by Anamica Bedi de Silva
“Feeding behavior of wild vervet monkeys in Loskop Dam Nature Preserve” by Katherine Dean
“Phenotypic Descriptions of Caenorhabditis elegans Mutants and Double Mutants” by Karen Muschler
“Predation by Octopus vulgaris at Cayos Cochinos, Honduras: An Analysis of Prey Selection Using the Framework of Optimal Foraging Theory” by Caitlin Petro
“Dancing Under the Moonlight: A Mathematecal Modeling Approach to Foraging Octracod” by John Correa
“Olfactory Communication and indivdual recognition in Eulemur Mongoz, the Mongoose Lemur” by Katherine Smith
“Mycorrhizal Fungi and Rhizobial Bacteria: Evolutionarily Divergent Organisms Utilizing Convergent Signaling Mechanisms” by Ryan Tisdale
“Temporal patterns of burrow use by gopher tortoises (Gophexus Polyphemus) at the Ordway-Swisher Biological Station” by Forest Hayes
“Population Connectivity of the Acropra Palmata on Cayos Cochinos, Honduras” by Alberto Fenix
“Sponge and Faunal Association of the Brittle Star Ophiothrix suensonii (Echinodermata) at Cayos Cochinos, Honduras and the Feeding Postures and General Behavior of Mariametrid Feather Stars (Echinodermata) (In Vivo)” by Stephanie Sherman
“Just Keeping Swimming: A Review of the Biological and Social Components of Teleost Fish Shoaling” by Stuart Strock
“Even More Fish on Prozac: Influence of the 5-HT6 Receptor and Stress on Learning and Memory Behavoir in Goldfish (Carassis auratus)” by Kevin Law
“A Possible Rejuvenation of Neurons Using Human Umbilical Cord Blood Through the Akt Pathway” by Vijay Mehta
“Plasticity of Fish Muscle Phenotype in Response to a Thermally Variable Environment: An Ecophysiological Study of Fundulus grandis Eurythermal Performance from a Protein Perspective” by David Dayan
“The Current State of Hormonal and Nonhormonal Male Contraception” by Catherine Buchanan-McGrath
“Behavioral Effects of Serotonin Transporter Overexpression in Drosophila melanogaster” by Cristina Camayd
“Generation of DNA Constructs and Cell Lines Over-Expressing the Subunits of the Gamma Secretase Complex in Alzheimer’s Disease” by Jeremy Frieling
“The Return of Fish on Prozac: Further Studies into Serotonergic Manipulation and Avoidance Learning in Goldfish (Carassius Auratus).” by Alexander Thomas Hibberd
“Lichens of Myakka River State Park: Water tolerance, vertical stratification and canopy diversity” by Barry Kaminsky
“Photorespiration: A Wasteful Relic, or a Potentially Useful Metabolic Tool?” by Lisa Keenan
“This is Your Mouse on Celastrol: The Behavioral Effects of Celastrol on a Transgenic Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease” by Amelia March
“The Effects of Acute Bleaching on Attachment of the Soft Coral Sarcophyton Elegans” by Amy McDavid
“Canine Scent Detection of Human Cancers: A Biological, Cell Signaling, Behavioral, and Experimental Approach” by Emily Moser
“Development of Procedures To Detect Pathogens in Rhizophora mangle L.” by Alycia Shatters
“Agricultural Modeling: Predicting the effects of genetic coefficients on maize yield in waterlimiting environments” by Anne Amelia Farrell
“Evidence for Single Subunit Surface Expression of Drosophila Integrins and a Possible, Unconventional Method of Transport” by Samantha Jeschonek
“Behavioral Lateralization and Anatomical Asymmetry in Pleuronectiform Fishes” by Ned Poulos-Boggis
“Chromatophore Mapping of the Jewel Cichlid (Hemichromis biamaculatus) and the Effects of Morphological and Physiological Controls During Development” by Diana Ward
“Spatial Analysis of Octopus Dens and Predation” by Elizabeth Alene Hamman
“Systems Biology: The Search for Microrna Regulation of Human Ciliary Lung Cells” by Naomi Louise Paula Ardjomand-Kermani
“A Review: Incorporating Entomopathogenic Fungi into Integrated Vector Management Programs to Diminish Tropical Disease” by Carli Janelle Cooper
“The Ecological role of Cattle Grazing in Montane Meadows of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California” by Jenna M. Ervin
“Distribution and Abundance of Ciliates in a Green Roof Demonstration” by Mustafa Fakhri
“Loss of P2RX7 Receptor Activity in MRL lpr/lpr T Lymphocytes Correlates with the Expression of B220” by Anne-Laure Grignon
“Guide to the Neurobiology of Dental Analgesics” by Amanda Lebofsky
“Characterization and Phylogenetic Relationships of XENORHABDUS BOVIENII Strains (ENTERORBACTERIACEAE, GAMMAPROTEOBACTERIA) Based on Sequence Data of Two Protein Coding Genes” by Rachel Russell
“BCL-2 Mediated Apoptosis: The Role of Noxa in the Removal of Mucous Cells from the Metaplastic Human Airway Epithelium” by Andrew Cory Sokolow
“Triclosan: Reviews of its Environmental and Health Effects and a Detection and Quantification Analytical Method” by Michael Valentine
“Reading the Signs: Techniques of Conservation Genetics Applied to Bobcats (LYNX RUFUS) and Pumas (PUMA CONCOLOR)” by Eldridge Wisely
“Determination of Functional B Cell Defects in HIV-1 Infection, Common Variable Immunodeficiency and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus through the Flow Cytometric Analysis of Naïve and Memory Subsets” by Stephanie Hudey
“Cold Tolerance of the Mayan Cichlid (CICHLASOMA ‘NANDOPSIS’ UROPHTHALMUS) and the Effects of Temperature on Teleost Physiology” by Peter Repenning
“Synesthesia: An Exploration of the Behavior, Biology, and Individuality of Cross-Modal Experiences” by Blaine Farmer
“Coral Disease and Immunity” by David A. Anderson, III
“An Evidence-Based Analysis of Dietary Antioxidants” by Stacey Anderson
“Use of Vitellogenin as a Biomarker for Ecoestrogen Exposure in Hogchockers (Trinectes maculatus) from the Caloosahatchee and Myakka Rivers” by Mariah Arnold
“A Review of Detoxification Enzymes with Suggested Phase I and II Assays for Testing the Small Hive Beetle, Aethina tumida (Murray)” by Alex Bishop
“Territoriality and Reproduction of Serranus subligarius in a Captive Environment” by Suwanna Rain Blakey
“MSX1 in Cleft Lip and Palate: A Genetic Family Study” by Christina Bullock
“Uptake and Degradation of Trichloroethylene (TCE) Using Sesbania Exaltata: An Analysis of a Wetland Plant and Its Potential Role in Constructed Wetlands” by Jonah Butler
“Antibacterial Effects of Green Tea Extract and Perilla Seed Oil on Oral Bacteria” by Cynthia Laird
“The Aggregate Induced Differentiation of Dopaminergic Neurons in NT2 Cells: Mediation by Transcription Factors Pax-2, Pitx3 and Otx2” by Christa McGrew
“Effects and Environmental Behaviors of Nonylphenol Ethoxylates” by Laura McLaughlin
“The Effects of Light and Sedimentation on Wound Healing in the Scleractinian Coral Acropora Secale” by Claire Murphy
“It’s a Girl?: An Examination of Intersex Management” by Madison Foncean Josefina Rosas
“Toxicological Effects of Brevetoxin-2 (PbTx-2) on the Fall Armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith)” by Marc Andrew Charles Silpa
“A New Garden of Eden: The Ethnobotany of Invasive Plant Species In Everglades National Park” by Lisa Van Tieghem
“Quantitation of Small RNAs in Caenorhabditis elegans Using Real-Time RT-PCR” by Matthew H. Felsen
“The Secret Life of Science” by Max Berman Ferretti
“A Review of the Effect of Stress, Cortisol, and Toxin Induced Stress Responses on Homeostasis in Humans and Experimental Animals” by Jeffrey B. Boissoneault
“Observational Learning in the Domestic Dog (Canis familiaris)” by Ian James Brooks
“An Integrated Nutrient-Film Hydroponics and Crayfish Aquaculture System: Preliminary Investigation and Comparison to Greenhouse Soil Farming” by Erin Marie Clarke
“Kinetics of IRP1 Gene Expression in Gravistimulated Maize Pulvini” by Sarah M. Doore
“The Distribution of Expired Medicines in Impoverished Communities” by Megan Jourdan
“Avian Proventricular Dilation Disease: An Investigation of PDD Research and Etiology” by Bebhinn Laura Nagle
“A Review of the Small Hive Beetle, Aethina tunida (Murray)” by William Ryan Sanders, IV
“Epibionts on the Carapaces of Sick and Injured Sea Turtles in Southwest Florida during a Time of Frequent Red Tide” by Molly Thompson
“Exploring the Esoteric Lives of Two- and Three-Toed Sloths” by James Bryson Voirin
“Seed Dispersal by Birds and Bats in an Anthropogenic Ecosystem of Tamil Nadu, India” by Trevor Caughlin
“Human Assisted Reproduction” by Aida Bajramovic
“Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?: Planning a Future for the Wolves of Scandinavia.” by Simone Harbas
“War in Sex: Parental Conflict and the Evolution of Mating Systems” by Angela Hung
“An Investigation of the Potential Role of Brassinosteroids in Carpel Fusion in Madagascar Periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus L.)” by Barbara Kahn
“The Body Clock in Cells: A Molecular Phylogeny of Circadian Systems” by Keri Kalmbach
“The Actinaria of Sarasota Bay” by Aaron Kandur
“The Effect of Beach Renourishment upon the Nest Fertility of Loggerhead Sea Turtles” by Robert Albury
“Spacial Mapping in a Jumping Fish: The Frillfin Goby Bathygobius soporator” by Geoffrey H. Smith, Jr.
“Trophic Dynamics of Zooplankton and Myctophid Fish in the Central Pacific Ocean” by Erin Rodgers
“The Coral and Zooxanthellae Symbiosis: Conventional Kinesin’s Role in the Expulsion of Zooxanthellae during Induced Bleaching” by Leah Jane Smith
“Localization of IRP-1 mRNA and an Analysis of Hydrogen Peroxide in Gravistimulated Maize Pulvini” by Stella M. N. Tinnirello
“Coral Banding as an Environmental Indicator in Bocas del Toro” by Dania Trespalacios Segovia
“The Ecological Relationship Between Hymenachne amplexicaulis (Rudge) Nees and Ischnodemus variegatus (Signoret) in Wetlands Along the Myakka River in Myakka River State Park” by Sarah E. Zell
“Gender Bias in Physiological Stress Research” by Jennifer Potter
“Investigating the Mind’s Attention Mechanisms: A Formal Inquiry of Conciousness through Meditation” by Elizabeth Marie Jammal
“Bioremediation of the Petroleum Hydrocarbons, BTEX, and the Gasoline Additive, MTBE” by Vallerye Anderson
“Off the Beaten Pathogen: Glucocorticoids and the Evolution of the Immune System” by Alfredo Azpiazu
“Characterization of Epidermal Cell Dedifferentiation during Carpel Fusion in Madagascar Periwinkle” by Amanda R. Durbak
“A Series of Interactions between Coral Reef and Mangrove Ecosystems in Bocas del Toro, Panama” by Joshua J. Gange
“Habitat Usage and Foraging Behavior of Two Species of Semi-Free Ranging Lemur Groups: Lemur catta and Varecia variegata rubra” by Sara Mapes
“A Comparison of Mycorrhizal Use in Organic and Conventional Farming and Effects on Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.) Seedling Growth” by Jessica Palenchar
“Environmental Enrichment for a Captive Asian Black Leopard, Panthera pardus” by Jessica Jade Rich-Zeisler
“The Localization of RNA Helicase A in the Caenorhabditis Elegans Hermaphrodite Using Immunocytochemisty” by Katherine Cory Gallo
“Reverse-Engineering Gene Regulatory Networks from Microarray Data” by Tyrone R. Ryba
“Designing Captive Habitats for Delphinidae” by Marion Griffin
“Behavior of the Siamese Fighting Fish (Betta Splendens) in a Radical Arm Maze” by Sandra Bohn
“The Developmental Effects of Perinatal Stress and Their Role as Adaptive Modifications: Changes in Cognitive, Physiological, and Behavioral Function” by Nicholas Breier Boissoneault
“The Anticarcinogenic Effects of Four Common Dietary Compounds” by Chantelle Boudreaux
“An Atlas of Development of the Sea Urchin Echinometra Lucunter Utilizing Differential Interference Contrast, Light, and Scanning Electron Microscopy” by Lauren Marcus
“The Effects of Depth, pH, Depth of Light Penetration, and Area on Backswimmer (Hemiptera: Notonectidae) Distribution in Seasonal Ponds of the Florida Scrub” by Elena M. Rhodes
“Does Peripheral Administration of Serotonin Influence Agnostic Behavior in Juvenile Pinfish, Lagodon Rhomboides?” by Ben Sherman
“Historical Development and Philosophical Perspectives of Scientific Illustration” by Heather Trew
“Site-Directed Mutagenesis of a Single-Nucleotide Mutation in Familial Atrial Fibrillation” by Hanyi Zhuang
“Six Species of Florida Wildflowers and Their Uses in the Restoration and Beutification of Florida Habitats” by Gabriela Yates
“Understanding the Umwelt: From the Page to the Stage” by April Wagner
“Shelter Choice in the Gulf Toadfish, Opsanus Beta” by June Gwalthney
“Spatial Orientation and Modeling in the Arboreal Mangrove Crab, Aratus pisonii (Crustacea, Grapsidae) H. Milne Edwards 1837” by Sarah Elizabeth Rhodes
“Olfaction, Memory and Emotion: An Anatomical, Physiological, and Psychological Review of the Effects of Odors on the Human Brain” by Kristen Katherine Johannessen
“Phytoremediation of Selected Toxic Metal Contaminants” by Rhonda Cooke
“The effects of Fire and Fire Influenced Canopy on the Inflorescence Production of Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens (Bartr.) Small) and On the Distribution of the Cabbage Palm Caterpillar (Litoprosopus futilis (Grt. & Rob.))” by Margaret S. Davis
“Theoretical Model for an HIV Entry Inhibition Cocktail: A New Treatment for HIV Infection” by Jessica Frasure
“Cloning and Sequencing Rpg1, A Soybean Resistance Gene” by Meredith C. Henderson
“Responses of Lake Michigan Phytoplankton to Iron and Other Nutrient Additions” by Katherine Hubbard
“Toward Understanding RNA Helicase A: A Phenotypic Examination of RNA Helicase A (RHA-1) and Its Potential Interactions with Developmentally Relevant Protiens in a Caenorhabditis elegans Model” by Byram Hirsch Ozer
“Coexistence in a Cryptic Community: Ecology and Distribution of Brittle Stars (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea) on a Shallow Back Reef off Roatan, Honduras” by Bronwen Rice
“The Flora of Bailey’s Cay, Roatan, Honduras” by Gregg R. Sandford
“Hypothyroidism in Pregnancy and Its Effects on the Fetus” by Andrea Thomas
“Recognition of Individuals by Vocalizations Ring-tailed Lemurs, Lemur catta: A Peliminary Playback Experiment” by Monica Hoffine
“The Effects of Cortisol and RU-486 on Shuttle Box Performance in Lagadon Rhomboides” by Jennifer Holsworth
“Phenotypic Description of a Caenorhabditis elegans RNA Helicase A Deletion Mutant” by Jens-Christian Paul
“The Effects of Endosulfan, an Estrogenic Insecticide, on the Reproductive Behavior of Cyprinodon Variegatus Lacepede (Sheepshead Minnow)” by Maria Carolina Pilonieta
“The Effects of Scopolamine on Learning and Memory in Anolis sagrei, the Cuban Anole” by Kathryn S. Pritchett
“The Characterization of Plasmids from Marine Actinomycetes” by Lindsay Stevenson
“An Assessment of Manatee Behaviors, Biology, and Implications for Conservation” by Nicole L. Morgan
“The Paths of Memory: A Neuroanatomical Model for Semantic Memory Retrieval” by Simon W. Davis
“Kill the Lights: Variables that Influence Sea Turtle Nesting Behavior in Sarasota County, Florida” by Kelly A. Cabezas
“Poriferan Pharmacology” by Elizabeth Marye Epstein
“Minilivestock: A Study in Insect Rearing and the Determination of the Protein Contents of Two Insects” by Kimberly Franklin
“The Estrogen Epidemic: Endocrine Disruption by Estrogenic Pesticides” by Sarah E. Friend
“The Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus) A United States Invasive Species” by Stacy Goldberg
“The Effects of the Serotonin Precursor, 5-Hydroxtryptophan on Learning: Lagodon rhomboides in the Shuttle Box” by Laetitia Graves
“He’s a Dancing Machine: Male Display Behaviors of the Golden-Collared Manakins (Manacus vitellinus) of Bocas del Toro” by Kimberly Gropper
“Cactoblastis cactorum (Berg) and Associated Insect Assemblage on the Cactus Opuntia spp” by Jesse Hardin
“The Cytoarchitecture of the Telencephalon of a Cichlid Fish: Cichlasoma cyanoguttatum” by Peter J. Mahoney
“Florida Endangered Epiphytic Tank Bromeliads and Their Inhabitant Arthropod Macrofaunas” by Michael Olson
“Heterospecific Attachment Patterns of Porifera in Caribbean Reef and Intertidal Environments” by Julia L. Skapik
“Stat 3 and its Effect on Murine Tumor Cell Immunogenicity” by Melissa Hancock
“Canavan Disease: A Clinical, Biochemical and Genetic Perspective” by Deborah Marsha Herbstman
“Searching for Proteins Which Interact With C. Elegans RNA Helicase A: A Yeast Two-Hybrid Approach” by Angus M. Jameson
“The Phylogeny and Biogeography of Hydrothemal Vent Archaea in the Genera Thermococcus and Pyrococcus” by Adam R. Rivers
“Preparation of a Viral Vector to Deliver the Preproenkephalin Gene to the Brain” by Vijay Sivaraman
“Cleaning Sybiosis in Fishes: A Comprehensive Literary Review” by Laura M. Funk
“A Comparative Electrophysiological Analysis of Visual Pathways through the Teleost Forebrain” by Luis Cabezas
“Preliminary Electrophysiology of tecto-telencephalo-tectal pathway in Lagadon rhomboides” by Joshua Lyskowski Morgan
“Localization of Relaxin in the Reproductive System of the Male Bonnethead Shark, Sphyrna tiburo” by Cristal Ange
“Polymorphism and Ecology of the Coquina Clam, Donax variabilis Say 1822, in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, Florida” by Bradley Bryan
“Integrating Multiple Resources into a 7th Grade Biology Curriculum for Home-Schooled Students” by Kari Debbink
“Seasonal Population Changes and Behavioral Studies of the Horseshoe Crab, Limulus polyphemus (L) in Sarasota Bay Florida” by Kimberly Heiman
“The Release of Captive Sloth Junior (Bradypus variegatus)” by Margaret Hoppe
“Type 2 Diabetes and Native Americans: Genetic and Environmental Factors Influencing a High Prevalence Among Tribes” by Carrie Martell
“Does Sorosi Cure Malaria? An Interdisciplinary Look at a Nicaraguan Medicinal Plant” by Elissa Mendenhall
“The Effects of Stress on Physiology and Cognition” by Christine Mirabal
“The Effects of Chronic ph Shifts on the Growth Rate of the Crayfish Procumbarus fallar: A Pilot Study” by Daniel O’Brien
“An Analysis of the Co-habitation of Octopus vulgaris Cuvier and Octopus briareus Robson at Bailey’s Cay, Roatan, Honduras” by Tracy Rosebrock
“Meta-Analysis in Wildlife Rehabilitation: A Case Study of Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary, Sarasota, Florida” by Chandra M. Spaulding
“Subcloning Purification and Partial Characterization of Malate Dehydrogenase from C. elegans” by Ira Do
“Overexpression of the RG-Rich Binding Domain of C. elegans RNA Helicase A and RNA Binding Measurements of C. elegans and E.Coli RNA Binding Proteins” by Yuliya Kislyak
“An Overview of Acid Mine Drainage with an Emphasis on the Biological and Economic Factors Involved” by Ian Hallett
The Pritzker Marine Biology Research Center boasts seven research labs and over 100 aquariums, anchored by a 15,000 gallon research and display tank. Each tank in the Living Ecosystem Teaching and Research Aquarium features a different captive ecosystem, several with a camera to send images to a streaming video server. Through a natural filtration system designed by students, the center draws and recycles water from Sarasota Bay. At Pritzker, students and faculty also design outreach programs to engage the local community in the world of science. Learn more.
The 34,000-square-foot Heiser Natural Sciences Complex includes teaching and research labs for chemistry, biology, bioinformatics, computational science, mathematics and physics. There is a new state-of-the-art Optical Spectroscopy and Nano-Materials laboratory, research greenhouse and herbarium that are part of the complex. Special equipment includes a scanning electron and fluorescent microscopes in biology, a 24-station chemistry teaching lab with transparent fume hoods and sampling equipment for field ecology. The Heiser Natural Sciences Complex is also home to Soo Bong Chae Auditorium, a tiered lecture hall for the natural sciences named after the longtime New College mathematician.
Mote Marine Laboratory is an independent not-for-profit marine research organization based on City Island in Sarasota, Florida, less than 15 minutes from campus. The laboratory aims to advance the science of the sea, both through its marine and estuarine research labs and through the public Mote Aquarium and its affiliated educational programs. New College faculty and students often conduct research at Mote.
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Some students participate in faculty programs in Panama and Honduras. Previously students traveled to Finland, Ireland and Germany through a FIPSE exchange program focused on the sciences. There is an MOU with Trier’s Umwelt Campus for exchange of students and faculty. Recently a new MOA opened with the Cave Hill Campus in Barbados for exchange of students and faculty.
Hands-On Research Opportunities
Biology students have expanded their studies outside of the class through ISPs, tutorials and thesis work. We also explore research through lab experiments, literary analysis, debate and argument, field observations, mathematical modeling, participant interviews, data analysis, studio time, archival work, and more. As a Biology AOC you will get hands-on experience in lab experiments, field observation, modeling, data mining and analysis as well as historical research.
Here is a list of some of the projects our students are currently involved in: