Faculty Profile

Mary Niblock

Associate Professor of Biology (2007)

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.

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.

NRSC 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch

BIOL 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch

BIOL 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch

Spring 2016

SCIE 259 Writing Science News
Science hits the news more now than ever before. Is the news we read true to the research that it reports? Does it matter? Those are our concerns in this course. We analyze how scientists report their findings, how those findings become news, and what happens on the way. Taking knowledge into practice, you will conduct background research, interview scientists, and write your own science news. The portfolio you produce will include polished news releases based on science research at Dickinson. This course is primarily designed for future scientists who want to be able to communicate about their research, and for science majors considering a writing career. It is also appropriate for non-scientists who wish to be savvy consumers of science news.<

BIOL 401 Adv. Topics in Neurobiology
This course will focus on current research approaches in neurobiology and will have an integrated laboratory component.

NRSC 500 Independent Study

NRSC 500 Independent Study

NRSC 550 Independent Research

BIOL 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch

BIOL 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch