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Kociolek, John Patrick Professor

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  • My research focuses on the taxonomy, systematics, evolution, biogeography and ecology of diatoms. These organisms play important roles in aquatic ecosystems, and provide us with oxygen through photosynthesis. Despite the important roles they play, we still know very little about their diversity, biogeography and ecology. I have focused my research on freshwater diatoms, and currently have projects on them in Colorado, China, Southeast Asia, India, Europe, South America, and Lake Baikal in Russia. I study both living and fossil species of diatoms, and use them to identify new possible renewable biofuels.

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  • Diatoms, Algae, Taxonomy, Systematics, Ecology, Freshwaters, Biofuels, Evolution, fossils

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Teaching

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  • EBIO 4080 - Freshwater Phycology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Algae are a non-monophyletic group of organisms that play critical roles in ecosystem structure and function. They have a long history of being used in a variety of ways by the human species, but are increasingly being applied to modern issues of understanding water quality and climate change, engineering at the nano scale and in the production of renewable biofuels. Recommended prerequisites: EBIO 1210 and EBIO 1220 and EBIO 1230 and EBIO 1240 (minimum grade C-). Same as EBIO 5080.
  • EBIO 5080 - Freshwater Phycology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Algae are a non-monophyletic group of organisms that play critical roles in ecosystem structure and function. They have a long history of being used in a variety of ways by the human species, but are increasingly being applied to modern issues of understanding water quality and climate change, engineering at the nano scale and in the production of renewable biofuels. Same as EBIO 4080.
  • MUSM 5041 - Museum Administration
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Covers theory of organizations and how it applies to museums. Application of small business management and nonprofit organizations. Review museum organizational charts and staffing. Evolution of marketing and development in a museum context are reviewed. Budget process and annual financial reporting are discussed, and there is an emphasis on evaluating financial statements. Department enforced prerequisite: restricted to graduate students.
  • MUSM 6940 - Master's Candidate for Degree
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Master's Candidate for Degree
  • MUSM 6950 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Master's Thesis

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