Courses


Derek S. Sikes

Curator of Insects
Associate Professor of Entomology
University of Alaska Museum
907 Yukon Drive
Fairbanks, AK 99775-6960
USA

email: ffdss 'at' uaf.edu

 

Some of the courses I have taught


University of Alaska

Systematics and Comparative Biology Biol 615 (Fall) Phylogenies are rapidly becoming an important component of many biological investigations. This course introduces students to the field of biosystematics and includes history, theory, and practice of both taxonomy (the original bioinformatics) and modern phylogenetics. The methods covered apply equally to all eukaryotic taxa, based on either morphological or molecular characters.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Biology , or by permission of instructor
Note: Offered Alternate odd year fall;

Entomology (BIO 406) 4 credits. Biology of insects and related arthropods, with emphasis on evolution, ecology, behavior, biodiversity, morphology, and systematics. Lab emphasizes identification and collection.

Prerequisites: BIOL F105X, F106X, or by permission of instructor
Meets: Natural science degree requirement with lab.
Meets: Upper Division Writing Intensive requirement for the Baccalaureate Core.
Note: Offered Alternate odd year fall;

Introduction to Field Entomology (BIO 195) 1 credit. An introduction to field entomological techniques. Emphasized will be professional procedures to collect and process (sort, mount, database & label) non-marine arthropods. The skills necessary to identify most groups to Order will be taught.

Summer Sessions

Lecture

University of Calgary

Introduction to Biosystematics Zoology 575 (Winter) Phylogenies are rapidly becoming an important component of many biological investigations. This course introduces students to the field of biosystematics and includes history, theory, and practice of both taxonomy (the original bioinformatics) and modern phylogenetics. The methods covered apply equally to all eukaryotic taxa, based on either morphological or molecular characters.

Introduction to Invertebrate Zoology Zoology 375 (Fall) A large lecture course taken primarily by second year students. I teach this course as a survey of the invertebrate phyla with an emphasis on major evolutionary changes to the morphology, physiology, and ecology of key lineages. Click on the link to see an example lecture (0.5 MB pdf file).

Ecological Entomology Ecology 491 (Fall) Coordinated and taught primarily by Dr. Robert Longair, I cover the insect phylogeny and classification portion of the course. Click the link to see an example lecture (note: 0.8 MB pdf file)

University of Connecticut

Field Entomology A summer course which I taught with a focus on collection methods and specimen processing (almost an introduction to parataxonomy). I taught this wonderful course for three years but do so no longer.