HOST CAMPUS: Binghamton University
Dates: Wednesday's, February 7, 14, 28, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Assistant Professor: Dr. Jessica Hua, Biology Department, Binghamton University
Professor Jessica Hua of the Biology Department of Binghamton University received her Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh and did postdoctoral research at Purdue University. Her research spans a broad range of projects that investigate the interaction of man-made (anthropogenic) substances with animals in their natural environments. Most research in the area of environmental effects of anthropogenic materials is carried out within the confines of laboratories and, typically, with a single species or even a single breed or type of that species. However, Professor Hua has taken on the complex task of studying multiple species in their natural habitats. Her research areas, which she will elaborate on in her presentations, are ecotoxicology, ecotoxicology, phenotypic plasticity, disease ecology and the interplay of ecotoxicology and neuroscience. She has been an active participant in the Master Teacher Program at Binghamton.
In this mini-course, designed principally with biology and chemistry teachers in mind, Professor Hua will first describe the general field of ecotoxicology and the subfields she researches and then delve into a number of specific cases. In subsequent presentations, she will explain the major elements of studying the ecology of anthropogenic substances in the environment: adaptation, disease ecology and predation and how to design a variety of engaging student research projects.
Dr. Hua carries out investigations of effects of toxic chemicals on animals directly in the environment. She will share current her research results in context of other studies.
*The first session of this mini-course is for teachers with no prior experience teaching high school science. The second and third sessions should be accessible to nearly all teachers, but are particularly relevant to biology, chemistry and earth science teachers.