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Alison Nurok

Assistant Laboratory Professor in Biology

 work(802) 443-5871
 Fall 2021: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11 to noon
 McCardell Bicen Hall 373

I teach ecology and evolution through hands-on, active learning in the field and in the lab.

My previous research focused on how anthropogenic changes to the landscape affect bird populations. For example, how do grassland bird populations living in hayfields respond to mowing during the breeding season? Do birds benefit from wetland restoration in highly urbanized environments? But my curiosity is always evolving.....

Currently, I work with Biol0140 (Ecology and Evolution) students on exciting, long-term research projects in streams and forests. While we collect and analyze data on aquatic insect populations and tree communities, students engage with concepts in ecology and evolution, and learn how to answer important, pressing questions such as how might climate change impact stream ecosystems? We focus on current global issues such as antibiotic resistance in bacteria, conducting lab experiments where students can 'see' the role of natural selection in this process.

I believe there is no substitute for the learning that can take place in an outdoor or laboratory experience where we form a question, collect and analyze data, and critically think about what those data mean.



Course List: 

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BIOL 0140 - Ecology and Evolution      

Ecology and Evolution
In this introduction to ecology and evolutionary biology we will cover the topics of interspecific interactions (competition, predation, mutualism), demography and life-history patterns, succession and disturbance in natural communities, species diversity, stability and complexity, causes of evolutionary change, speciation, phylogenetic reconstruction, and population genetics. The laboratory component will examine lecture topics in detail (such as measuring the evolutionary response of bacteria, adaptations of stream invertebrates to life in moving water, invasive species and their patterns of spread). We will emphasize experimental design, data collection in the field and in the laboratory, data analysis, and writing skills. This course is not open to seniors and second semester juniors in the Fall. 3 hrs. lect./disc./3 hrs. lab DED SCI

Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022

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Selected Publications

Seigel, Alison B. and Julie L. Lockwood. 2010. How increasing levels of private land enrollment in conservation agreements affect the population viability of grassland birds. Biodiversity and Conservation 19: 2343-2357

Seigel, A., C. Hatfield, and J.M. Hartman. 2005. Avian response to restoration of urban tidal marshes in the Hackensack Meadowlands, New Jersey. Urban Habitats 3: 87-116

Department of Biology

McCardell Bicentennial Hall
276 Bicentennial Way
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753