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, 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.
BIOL 448 – Mammalogy: This class introduces students to the evolutionary patterns, ecology, behavior, physiology and taxonomy of mammals. We combine lectures, class discussions, group work and hands-on activities to explore these topics. We rely on a comparative, systems approach to understand the major evolutionary trends and the mechanisms maintaining the diversity in form and function in mammals. Students are expected to read from the textbook and the primary literature. At the end of the class, students should be able to explain major features in mammalian evolution, identify mammalian specimens at a general level, and predict food habits, locomotor mode and habitat from an examination of anatomy.
BIOL 551L – Santana Lab Meeting
BIOL 499A – Undergraduate Research
BIOL600A – Independent Study/Research