Classes taught by Anna Dornhaus

Goals of teaching

The overarching goals of my (Anna Dornhaus') teaching are (1) to train applicable career skills like critical thinking, public speaking, clear and evidence-based argumentation, writing, and networking and (2) to train students of all ages and specializations in understanding how science can discover how the world actually works, even against our human biases, wishful thinking, and other non-scientific ways of thinking ('common sense'), all of which often mislead us both in what the facts are and how confident we should be in our knowledge.

All classes contain a strong active learning element, meaning you are expected to engage actively during class periods in group or individual work, and will be given frequent feedback. Please note that every UA class assumes you dedicate 3h/week for every credit you sign up for; if you feel you have extenuating circumstances that don't allow you to commit this amount of time, please discuss it with the instructor openly and early. 

Every semester

Work in my lab - various course numbers, e.g. ECOLX99, ECOLX98 Independent Study or Directed Research - but can also be through other departments: Lab research - this involves participating in original scientific research, training in the scientific method and how science produces reliable answers, doing statistics in R, and presenting your findings. I invest quite a lot of time in each undergrad in my lab, and the webpage linked above will give you detailed descriptions of expectations and the outcomes you can expect. Many of the students who worked in my lab have gone on to graduate school, medical school, or professional jobs. 

Typically every Fall semester

ECOL419/519: Introduction to Modeling Methods in Biology. Co-taught with Joanna Masel. (for advanced undergraduates and graduate students) - next taught either Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 (email me if you have a preference). 3 credits.

ECOL195C 101 - Online: Research Methods in Biology: how to get the most out of your research experience. [NEW COURSE, fully online] This course helps you find a research experience, teaches basics in statistics using R, and basic experimental design as well as presentation and other professional skills. Replaces previously required 'undergrad lab meeting' for students in my lab. - Fall 2020. 1 credit. May be taught continuously Spring and Fall in the future.

Typically every other Spring semester

ECOL250: How science works and what it says: A guide for the uninitiated on how to make science work for you. [NEW COURSE] - GenEd Tier II NATS - next taught Spring 2021. 3 credits.

Previous semesters

The classes below may be taught again in future semesters - if you are interested please contact me directly.

ECOL280/373: Sociobiology and the evolution of cooperation
(Gen Ed Tier II NATS class; also open to bio majors)

ECOL496H/596H: Complex Systems and Networks (for advanced undergraduates and graduate students; lectures and student presentations)

ECOL497S/597S: Topics in Social Insect Biology
(for advanced undergraduates and graduate students; seminar with student presentations & discussion)

ECOL467/567: Pollination ecology
(for advanced undergraduates and graduate students; seminar with student presentations & discussion)

ECOL496V/596V: Topics in Animal Behavior and Cognition
(for advanced undergraduates and graduate students; lectures and student presentations)

ECOL195G: Edges of Life
(for undergraduates; accompanies the College of Science lecture series)

HRNS195I-013: Where does intelligence come from? What biology, science, and insects can teach us. (Honors' freshman colloquium)

HRNS195I-012: Complex Systems: What Ants, Brains, Traffic, and Markets Have in Common. (Honors' freshman colloquium)

HRNS 195I-005: Complex systems in biology, engineering, and social science: connectedness, network analysis, and an introduction to modeling. (Honors' freshman colloquium)