Faculty Profile

Tony Pires

Professor of Biology (1993)

Contact Information

on sabbatical 2018-19


James Hall - Rector Complex Room 1225


He teaches courses in neurobiology, behavioral biology and invertebrate zoology. His research interests are in the neural control of developmental events, especially the regulation of settlement and metamorphosis in larvae of marine invertebrates.


  • B.A., Harvard College, 1982
  • Ph.D., Cornell University, 1990

2017-2018 Academic Year

Fall 2017

FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.

BIOL 321 Invertebrate Zoology w/Lab
An integrated lecture and laboratory study of the anatomy, taxonomy, evolution, ecology, physiology, and embryology of invertebrates. Representatives of the major invertebrate phyla are examined in the field and in the laboratory. Six hours classroom a week. Prerequisites: two BIOL courses numbered between 120 and 129 or ENST 131, 132 (or 130). For Neuroscience majors, prerequisite is 124 and PSYC 125.

Spring 2018

BIOL 301 Neuroethology
This course is an exploration of animal behavior from a mechanistic and evolutionary perspective. “Mechanistic” means that we will study the physiological mechanisms in nervous systems that are the immediate causes of behavior. “Evolutionary” means that we will study the diversity of evolved behaviors in a variety of animals, in a broad phylogenetic and ecological context that is explicitly not human-centered. Neuroethology is about evolved behaviors of “wild” animals in nature. Laboratory work will involve neurophysiological and behavioral study of a variety of animals at the bench and outdoors.

BIOL 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch

NRSC 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch

BIOL 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch