Jul 21, 2024  
2020-2021 Scripps Catalog 

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BIOL 199 KS - Independent Study in Biology, Chemistry, Physics

Students who have the necessary qualifications, and who wish to investigate in depth an area of study not covered in regularly scheduled courses, may arrange with a faculty member for independent study under his or her direction. A limited opportunity open to all students with permission of instructor. Full or half course. Offered annually.

The faculty and the areas in which they are particularly willing to direct independent study are as follows:

  • J. Armstrong: Genetics, cell and molecular biology; chromatin dynamics and gene regulation in the fruit fly.
  • K. Black: Organic chemistry; reaction mechanisms studied by computational techniques.
  • S. Budischak: Disease ecology; host-parasite interactions; immunology; physiological ecology; co-infection and community ecology.
  • P. Chandrangsu: Microbiolgy; molecular biology; biochemistry; microbial stress response.
  • M. Coleman: Neurobiology, neurophysiology, neural basis of behavior, neural control of auditoryvocal learning in songbirds.
  • G. Edwalds-Gilbert: Cell and molecular biology; pre-mRNA splicing in yeast.
  • P. Ferree: Genetics, molecular biology, and early development of Drosophila (fruit flies) and Nasonia (jewel wasps); chromosome structure and evolution; host-pathogen interactions.
  • F. Finseth: Genomics; evolutionary biology; genetics; selfish evolution, sexual selection, adaptation and speciation in Mimulus (monkeyflowers).
  • A. Fucaloro: Physical chemistry, especially emission and absorption; molecular spectroscopy; electron impact.
  • S. Gilman: Marine ecology; invertebrate biology; climate change ecology; biophysical ecology; population biology.
  • S. Gould: Scanning probe microscopy; physics of sports.
  • M. Hatcher-Skeers: Applications of nuclear resonance spectroscopy in determining the structure of DNA and other biological macromolecules.
  • J. Higdon: Astrophysics; fluid dynamics; biophysics.
  • A. Landsberg: Non-linear systems: pattern formation, bifurcation theory, chaos, Josephson Junctions.
  • A. Leconte: Biochemical investigation of evolutionary intermediates.
  • S. Marzen: Reinforcement learning, biophysics, rate-distortion theory, prediction.
  • D. McFarlane: Evolutionary ecology; biogeography; late Quaternary paleoecology and extinctions.
  • J. Monroy: Neural control and mechanics of animal movement; muscle physiology; comparative animal physiology.
  • M. Preest: Physiology and ecology of animal energetics; thermal biology of terrestrial ectotherms; osmoregulatory physiology; herpetology; muscle physiology.
  • K. Purvis-Roberts: Chemistry of urban air pollution, primarily aerosol; public policy aspects of air pollution.
  • C. Robins: Applications of soil science research to challenges in geomorphology, plant ecology, and environmental science.
  • B. Sanii: Experimental physical chemistry; self-assembly and bio-inspired folding of soft materials.
  • L. Schmitz: Functional and evolutionary vertebrate morphology; paleobiology; evolution of vertebrate vision.
  • J. Sheung: Biological imaging, cellular regeneration, active matter, oft matter, optical spectroscopy, diffractive optics, physics laboratory curriculum development.
  • T. Solomon-Lane: Neural and developmental basis of behavior, neuroendocrinology, social behavior.
  • Z. Tang: Cell and molecular biology, biochemistry; cell cycle control in yeast.
  • D. Thomson: Conservation biology, population modeling, ecology of biological invasions, plant ecology and plant/pollinator interactions.
  • E. Van Arnam: Natural products chemistry and chemical ecology; structure, function, and evolution of microbial metabolites.
  • A. Wenzel: Catalysis, asymmetric synthetic methodology.
  • E. Wiley: Molecular biology; genetics; chromatin structure in the ciliate Tetrahymena.
  • B. Williams: Paleoceanographic reconstructions on recent timescales from marine climate archives.
  • N. Williams: Fundamental late-metal organometallic chemistry, mechanisms of basic organometallic reactions.

Course Credit: 1.0 or 0.5

Please refer to the course schedule on the Scripps Portal for current course offerings and details.

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