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Safran, Rebecca J Professor

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  • Dr. Safran is an integrative evolutionary behavioral and evolutionary ecologist. Her research is centered on the evolution of biological diversity, from molecular (genetics, hormones, antioxidants), individual (behavior, morphology), and population (gene flow, genetic structure) perspectives.

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  • evolutionary and behavioral ecology, evolutionary biology, integrative biology, animal behavior, physiology, speciation

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  • APRD 3523 - The Art and Strategy of Science Communication: Branding Climate Change
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
    Integrating the science of climate change and science communication with the research, strategy and execution practices of strategic communication (e.g., advertising and public relations). Same as EBIO 3523 and ATLS 3523.
  • ATLS 3519 - Special Topics in Technology, Arts, and Media
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Analyzes special interest areas of multidisciplinary technology, arts and media research and practice. May be repeated up to 21 total credit hours for different topics.
  • EBIO 1220 - General Biology 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Provides a concentrated introduction to organisms, homeostasis, development, behavior, and ecology. Emphasizes fundamental principles, concepts, facts,and questions. Intended for science majors. Recommended prerequisite: EBIO 1210 (minimum grade C-).
  • EBIO 3523 - The Art and Strategy of Science Communication: Branding Climate Change
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
    Integrating the science of climate change and science communication with the research, strategy and execution practices of strategic communication (e.g., advertising and public relations). Same as APRD 3523 and ATLS 3523.
  • EBIO 3990 - EBIO Honors Thesis Research
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Provides an introduction to the departmental Honors program. Consists of individual library research on a potential Honors thesis topic under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Recommended prerequisites: minimum 3.2 GPA and approval by departmental honors committee.
  • EBIO 4040 - Speciation
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022
    The process by which new species arise is fundamental to understanding life�s diversity, with implications for how we define and protect species. In this class, we will explore models of adaptive and non-adaptive speciation and how we test, find evidence for, and distinguish among these. Each class will include both a short lecture and discussion. Students will be able to choose and work on independent projects on any area of speciation research. Recommended prerequisite: EBIO 1220 and EBIO 3080. Same as EBIO 5040.
  • EBIO 4870 - Independent Research: Upper Division
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022
    May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • EBIO 4990 - EBIO Honors Thesis Research
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    To be taken during the final academic year prior to graduation. Consists of the final phase of honors research and thesis preparation under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Recommended prerequisites: minimum 3.3 GPA and a declared EBIO major and approval by departmental Honors program.
  • EBIO 5040 - Speciation
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022
    The process by which new species arise is fundamental to understanding life�s diversity, with implications for how we define and protect species. In this class, we will explore models of adaptive and non-adaptive speciation and how we test, find evidence for, and distinguish among these. Each class will include both a short lecture and discussion. Students will be able to choose and work on independent projects on any area of speciation research. Recommended prerequisites: EBIO 1220 and EBIO 3080. Same as EBIO 4040.
  • EBIO 6100 - Seminar in Environmental Biology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
    Instructor consent required. May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours. Same as EBIO 6120.
  • EBIO 8840 - Independent Research (Doctoral Level)
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.

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