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I teach Concepts in Biology, Mycology, and Biowriting at the University of Oklahoma. This site links to homepages for each of the courses that I teach.
In addition to my teaching responsibilities at OU, I author two McGraw-Hill introductory biology texts. Please explore the links above and to the left, and feel free to email me if you would like to know more.

Concepts in Biology (BIOL 1005)

This general-education, natural sciences course is an introduction to the life sciences, focusing on the structure and function of organisms and their relationship to the environment.  Topics include the qualities that unify living things (chemistry, cell structure, metabolism), the qualities that make them different (genetics), the variation in life (evolution, diversity), and how living things interact (ecology).

Mycology (BOT 4723/5723)

Fungi are among the most mysterious, feared, and little-understood organisms on earth.  In this class, we will barely begin to explore the biology, diversity, and importance of fungi.  The overall objective is to stimulate your desire to learn more about these fascinating organisms.


This course is designed to provide students with the information and skills needed to effectively and efficiently communicate as professional biologists. Students will actively engage in writing and scientific communication exercises through class activities, weekly assignments, and semester-long projects.