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Rick Gillis

Office hoursOffice Hours ~ Fall Semester 2013: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday 8:50-9:45 AM; Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday 11:00-11:55 AM; Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday 2:15-3:10 PM. For more information on how to reach me, please click on the Office Hours link on My Homepage.
Specialty area(s)I am a broadly trained zoologist with an interest in the ecology of whole organisms, particularly amphibians and reptiles. A good deal of my time is also committed to the continuing development and maintenance of the Animal Biology and Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory web sites as well as the Department of Biology web site.
Current courses at UW-LIntroductory Biology (BIO 103)
Animal Biology (BIO 210)
Ecology (BIO 307)
Teaching historyI have been teaching at UW-L since fall semester 1984. Before that I have taught biology courses at the following institutions: The University of Maine at Fort Kent, Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I have also taught at the University of Nebraska's Field Station at Cedar Point, Nebraska.
Research and publishingMy research interests in the past have centered broadly on such problems as the evolution and use of temperature regulation in cold-blooded organisms, amphibian water economy and the role of color and pattern in predator avoidance. I am also interested in population ecology and the evolution of life history patterns, particularly of reptiles. More recently, I have become interested in several populations of terrestrial slugs that appear to be living in some local, spring-fed streams. Although my principal target organisms have been amphibians and reptiles, I have also worked with grasshoppers and bats.

For a list of some of my peer review publications, please visit My Homepage
EducationPh.D. Zoology - Colorado State University, 1975
M.S. Zoology - Colorado State University, 1968
B.A. Spanish - University of Pennsylvania, 1965