Faculty Profile

Charles Zwemer

Associate Professor of Biology (1995)

Contact Information

zwemer@dickinson.edu

James Hall - Rector Complex Room 1217
717.245.1293
http://www.dickinson.edu/academics/programs/biology/content/Dr--Charles-Zwemer/

Bio

He teaches courses in physiology, microanatomy, and vertebrate biology. His research addresses issues of cardiovascular, respiratory, and renal function in normal and diseased states.

Education

  • B.A., Hope College, 1987
  • Ph.D., Indiana University Medical Sciences Program, 1993
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Michigan Medical School, 1995

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

BIOL 120 Life at the Extremes w/Lab
The Weddell Seal holds its breath for 40 minutes while routinely diving to a depth of 1,500 feet in -1.6°C water and Bar Headed Geese migrate at thousands of feet above the summit of Mt. Everest. How do these animals accomplish these seemingly amazing tasks? Questions of survival and more will be addressed in this study of comparative physiology. We will seek explanations of these phenomena by first evaluating the physical nature of these hostile environments and then exploring the mechanisms of survival. We will also investigate our own physiology and human limits of performance. Lecture will be enhanced by laboratory experiences in experimental physiology and vertebrate dissection. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week. This course fulfills either the DIV III lab science distribution requirement or QR graduation requirement.

BIOL 120 Life at the Extremes w/Lab
The Weddell Seal holds its breath for 40 minutes while routinely diving to a depth of 1,500 feet in -1.6°C water and Bar Headed Geese migrate at thousands of feet above the summit of Mt. Everest. How do these animals accomplish these seemingly amazing tasks? Questions of survival and more will be addressed in this study of comparative physiology. We will seek explanations of these phenomena by first evaluating the physical nature of these hostile environments and then exploring the mechanisms of survival. We will also investigate our own physiology and human limits of performance. Lecture will be enhanced by laboratory experiences in experimental physiology and vertebrate dissection. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week. This course fulfills either the DIV III lab science distribution requirement or QR graduation requirement.

BIOL 401 Human Performance Physiology
An in-depth study of specialized subject areas of biology. Some recent topics included Experimental Virology, Ornithology, and Histology. Topic, course structure, credit, and instructor will be announced by preregistration. Prerequisite dependent upon topic. Offered occasionally.