This is a list of courses taught by Dr. Santana and/or available through the lab.
BIOL 439 – Functional Morphology: In this research-intensive course, students use mammals as a model system to investigate questions in functional morphology. The class combines discussions of articles from the primary literature, study of museum specimens, application of modern methods used in functional morphology (laser scanning, µCT-scanning, biomechanical modeling), and independent research projects. At the end of the course, students write up the results of their research in the style of a short scientific communication, and give a presentation about their findings. Offered in Autumn, even years.
BIOL 448 – Mammalogy: This class introduces students to the evolutionary patterns, anatomy, ecology, behavior, physiology and taxonomy of mammals. It combines mini-lectures, group and lab work to explore these topics, and relies on a comparative approach to understand the major evolutionary trends and mechanisms that led to the diversity in form and function of mammals. Students are expected to read from the primary literature and participate in class discussions and activities. In the lab portion of the class, students use Burke Museum specimens to identify anatomical adaptations and contrast the major features that characterize different mammal groups. By the end of the class, students should be able to explain major patterns in mammalian evolution, identify mammalian specimens, and predict the food habits, locomotor mode and habitat from an examination of the anatomy of a mammal. Offered in Autumn, odd years.
BIOL 488 – Senior Seminar in Physiology
BIOL 499A – Undergraduate Research
BIOL 551L – Santana Lab Meeting
BIOL600A – Independent Study/Research