Faculty Profile

Mary Niblock

Associate Professor of Biology (2007), Department Chair

Contact Information

niblockm@dickinson.edu

James Hall - Rector Complex Room 1221
717.245.1292
http://www.dickinson.edu/academics/programs/biology/content/Dr--Missy-Niblock/

Education

  • B.A., University of Richmond, 1992
  • Ph.D., Wake Forest University, 1998

2015-2016 Academic Year

Fall 2015

BIOL 124 Biology of Behavior w/Lab
This course explores the biological basis of animal behavior. We will use an evolutionary framework to consider why behaviors arise within animal species (including humans) and ask how neural systems shape, constrain and execute the types of behaviors that we observe in nature. Topics will include animal navigation, communication, mating systems and sociality. We will read selections from the primary research literature of behavioral biology as models of scientific thought and discourse. Laboratory and fieldwork will emphasize construction of good experimental questions, refinement of hypotheses, quantitative analysis of data and effective communication of research results. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week. This course fulfills either the Lab Sciences (Division III) distribution requirement or QR graduation requirement.

BIOL 124 Biology of Behavior w/Lab
This course explores the biological basis of animal behavior. We will use an evolutionary framework to consider why behaviors arise within animal species (including humans) and ask how neural systems shape, constrain and execute the types of behaviors that we observe in nature. Topics will include animal navigation, communication, mating systems and sociality. We will read selections from the primary research literature of behavioral biology as models of scientific thought and discourse. Laboratory and fieldwork will emphasize construction of good experimental questions, refinement of hypotheses, quantitative analysis of data and effective communication of research results. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week. This course fulfills either the Lab Sciences (Division III) distribution requirement or QR graduation requirement.