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An important obstacle is that only some of these cellular transport pathways are well studied, while others are poorly understood.   Our research investigates the membrane trafficking events that enable the cell to adapt to conditions of stress and starvation, particularly examining the cellular compartments and proteins responsible for transporting critical lipid membranes and membrane-associated proteins within the cell. We use baker’s yeast to investigate new pathways and to identify the specific cargo molecules, like proteins, that move along them. 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I am interested in understanding the relationship between morphological variation and functional and ecological factors, what evolutionary processes are acting on a given clade, and how changes in diversity and evolutionary rates are related to ecology and adaptation. ResearchGate Profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Heather_Ahrens Publications: Rose KD, Holbrook LT, Rana RS, Kumar K, Jones KE, Ahrens HE, Missiaen P, Sahni A, and Smith T. 2014. Early Eocene Fossils Suggest the Mammalian Order Perissodactyla Originated in India. Nature Communications 5: 5570. DOI:10.1038/ncomms6570 Ahrens HE2014. Morphometric study of phylogenetic and ecologic signals in procyonid (Mammalia: Carnivora) endocasts. The Anatomical Record 297: 2318–2330. 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His research and teaching focus on the evolutionary history of life on earth. As a paleoecologist, he investigates the effects of environmental change on communities of mammals at various times throughout the past, from the last Ice Age to 60 million years ago. His research utilizes large paleontological databases such as NEOTOMA and the Paleobiology Database (PBDB). He has received National Science Foundation funding to use the PBDB to provide authentic research experiences in undergraduate classes. Dr. George is originally from Stroudsburg, PA and graduated from Franklin & Marshall College, the University of Florida, and received his PhD in Geological Sciences from The University of Texas at Austin.   ResearchGate Profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Christian_George2   Publications:   George, C. O. 2014. A multi-faceted approach to engage undergraduate students in scientific inquiry using key fossil vertebrate taxa. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 33(3, Supplement):136-137A.   George, C. O. 2013. GIS analysis of the FAUNMAP II database to recognize geographic bias in the identification of fossils. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 32(3, Supplement):132A.   Jass, C. N., and George, C. O. 2010. An assessment of the contribution of fossil cave deposits to the Quaternary paleontological record. Quaternary International 217:105-116.   George, C. O. and L. Kirby. 2009. “Relative Dating: Using Cross-sections to Order Time” in Laying the Foundation: A Resource and Strategies Guide for Middle Grades Life and Earth Science. Laying the Foundation, Inc. Dallas, TX. [post_title] => Christian O. 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My previous research was on the post-fire invasion of Paulownia tomentosa in xeric and sub-xeric Appalachian vegetation communities. This work developed a model of the fire and environmental conditions which enable the initial invasion pattern, and which enable the species to persist over subsequent years.   My most resent work has been a pyrodendrochronological study of Pilot Mountain State Park. This study used fire scars to document the fire history for the park area from 1849 to 2017 and has used by park managers as they determine how to incorporate prescribed fire to maintain and restore native fire dependent species. I am currently beginning a pilot study to develop a similar history for Hanging Rock State Park.   I have also conducted research with students on coal ash impacts on riverbank microbial communities’ structure and function. This work documented the impacts of the 2014 Dan River coal ash spill 1- and 3-years post-spill. 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Interim Chair and Assistant Professor of Biology
Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
Biology Lab Manager and Safety Officer
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Course Requirements 2020/2021
Bachelor of Arts in Biology
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Bachelor of Arts in Biology
Degree Requirements Credits
Major Requirements 45-46
University Core Requirements 50
Electives 32-33
Total 128
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Degree Requirements Credits
Major Requirements 57-58
University Core Requirement 50
Electives 20-21
Total 128
Requirements for B.A. in Biology
Requirements for B.S. in Biology
Requirements for B.A. in Biology
Course Course Title Credits
BIO 1500/1501 Principles of Cell Biology 4
BIO 2001 Principles of Genetics 3
BIO 2002 Principles of Genetics Lab 1
BIO 2500 Principles of Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity 3
BIO 2501 Principles of Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity Lab 1
CHM 1010/1011 General Chemistry I/Lab 4
CHM 1020/1021 General Chemistry II/Lab 4
MTH 1400 Pre-calculus 4
BIO 4990 Senior Seminar 2
Select One Course From the Following List*
BIO 3110/3110L General Botany 4
BIO 3120/3120L Zoology 4
BIO 3061/3061L Integrated Human Physiology 4
BIO 3071/3071L Human Anatomy and Embryology 4
BIO 4010/4010L Animal Physiology 4
BIO 4050/4050L Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy 4
Select Four Upper-Level Elective Courses from the Following List**
BCH 3010 Biochemistry 3
BIO 3000 Cell Biology 4
BIO/NEU 3010 Principles of Cellular Neuroscience 4
BIO 3011 Neuroanatomy 4
BIO 3030 Vertebrate Histology 4
BIO 3040 Microbiology 4
BIO 3050 Advanced Genetics 4
BIO 3080 Vertebrate Natural History 4
BIO 3210 Tools for Biotechnology 4
BIO 3220 Parasitology 4
BIO 3230 Medical Entomology 4
BIO 3250 Health and Ecology Applications of GIS 4
BIO/GBS/ENV 3300 Global Change Ecology 4
BIO/GBS 3350 Emerging Infectious Diseases: A World Perspective 4
BIO/GBS/ENV 3450 The Hidden Face of Ecuador 4
BIO 3460 From Lab to Plate: Agriculture and Public Health of the Philippines 4
BIO/ENV 3470 Life Across Space and Time: Global Biodiversity and Conservation 4
BIO/WGS 3500 Biology of Women 4
BIO/ENV 3600 Aquatic Biology 4
BIO 4020 Ecological Plant Physiology 4
BIO 4030 Developmental Biology 4
BIO 4040 Ecology 4
BIO 4060 Immunology 4
BIO 4065 Virology 4
BIO 4070 Endocrinology 4
BIO 4090 Molecular Biology 4
BIO/ANA 4100 Human Microanatomy 4
BIO 4111-4117 Undergraduate Research 1-3
BIO 4444 Independent Study 1-4
BIO 4810-4815 Student Internship 3-12
BIO/ANA 4900 Advanced Human Anatomy 4
Course Descriptions
* The course selected from this list cannot be double-counted as an upper-level elective course.
** Two of the courses selected from this list must have a laboratory component. BCH 3010 must be one of the courses selected.
Requirements for B.S. in Biology
Course Course Title Credits
BIO 1500/1501 Principles of Cell Biology 4
BIO 2001 Principles of Genetics 3
BIO 2002 Principles of Genetics Lab 1
BIO 2500 Principles of Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity 3
BIO 2501 Principles of Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity Lab 1
STS 2020, STS 2910 Introduction to Statistics or Introduction to Statistical Analysis with SAS Applications 4
MTH 1410 Calculus I 4
CHM 1010/1011 General Chemistry I/Lab 4
CHM 1020/1021 General Chemistry II/Lab 4
CHM 2510/2511 Organic Chemistry I/Lab 4
CHM 2520-2521 Organic Chemistry II/Lab 4
BIO 4990 Senior Seminar 2
Additional courses for the Organismal and Evolutionary Biology Concentration

Select One Course From the Following List*
BIO 3110/3110L General Botany 4
BIO 3120/3120L Zoology 4
BIO 3061/3061L Integrated Human Physiology 4
BIO 3071/3071L Human Anatomy and Embryology 4
BIO 4010/4010L Animal Physiology 4
BIO 4050/4050L Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy 4
Select Four Upper-Level Elective Courses from the Following List**
BIO 3040 Microbiology 4
BIO 3050 Advanced Genetics 4
BIO 3080 Vertebrate natural History 4
BIO 3220 Parasitology 4
BIO/GBS/ENV 3300 Global Change Ecology 4
BIO/GBS 3450 The Hidden Face of Ecuador 4
BIO 4010 Animal Physiology 4
BIO 4020 Ecological Plant Physiology 4
BIO 4030 Developmental Biology 4
BIO 4040 Ecology 4
BIO 4050 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy 4
BIO 4090 Molecular Biology 4
* The course selected from this list cannot be double-counted as an upper-level elective course. ** At least two of the courses selected from this list must have a laboratory component, and no more than one cross-listed BIO/GBS course may count toward the major.

Additional courses for the Molecular/Cell and Biotechnology Concentration

Select One Course From the Following List*
BIO 3110/3110L General Botany 4
BIO 3120/3120L Zoology 4
BIO 3061/3061L Integrated Human Physiology 4
BIO 3071/3071L Human Anatomy and Embryology 4
BIO 4010/4010L Animal Physiology 4
BIO 4050/4050L Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy 4
Select Four Upper-Level Elective Courses from the Following List**
BIO 3000 Cell Biology 4
BIO 3040 Microbiology 4
BIO 3050 Advanced Genetics 4
BIO 3210 Tools for Biotechnology 4
BIO 4030 Developmental Biology 4
BIO 4060 Immunology 4
BIO 4065 Virology 4
BIO 4090 Molecular Biology 4
BCH 3220 Biochemistry 4
The course selected from this list cannot be double-counted as an upper-level elective course. **
At least two of the courses selected from this list must have a laboratory component, and no more than one cross-listed BIO/GBS course may count toward the major.)

Additional courses for the Health Science Concentration

Select One Course From the Following List*
BIO 3110/3110L General Botany 4
BIO 3120/3120L Zoology 4
BIO 3061/3061L Integrated Human Physiology 4
BIO 3071/3071L Human Anatomy and Embryology 4
BIO 4010/4010L Animal Physiology 4
BIO 4050/4050L Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy 4
Select Four Upper-Level Elective Courses from the Following List**
BIO 3000 Cell Biology 4
BIO 3030 Vertebrate Histology 4
BIO 3040 Microbiology 4
BIO 3050 Advanced Genetics 4
BIO 3220 Parasitology 4
BIO/GBS 3350 Emerging Infectious Diseases: A World Perspective 4
BIO 4010 Animal Physiology 4
BIO 4030 Developmental Biology 4
BIO 4050 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy 4
BIO 4060 Immunology 4
BIO 4065 Virology 4
BIO 4070 Endocrinology 4
BIO 4090 Molecular Biology 4
BCH 3220 Biochemistry I 3
* The course selected from this list cannot be double-counted as an upper-level elective course.

** At least two of the courses selected from this list must have a laboratory component, and no more than one cross-listed BIO/GBS course may count toward the major.
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