Profile of <span>Lauren Ash</span>
Office
McCardell Bicentennial Hall 429
Email
lash@middlebury.edu
Office Hours
Mondays 4:30-5:30pm (MBH 319), Wednesday 11-12pm (Zoom), or by appt

Courses Taught

Course Description

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

Terms Taught

Fall 2021, Fall 2022

Requirements

DED, SCI

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Course Description

Cell Biology and Genetics
In this introduction to modern cellular, genetic, and molecular biology we will explore life science concepts with an emphasis on their integral nature and evolutionary relationships. Topics covered will include cell membrane structure and function, metabolism, cell motility and division, genome structure and replication, the regulation of gene expression and protein production, genotype to phenotype relationship, and basic principles of inheritance. Major concepts will be illustrated using a broad range of examples from plants, animals, and microorganisms. Current topics in biology will be integrated into the course as they arise. 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. lab

Terms Taught

Spring 2022, Spring 2023

Requirements

DED, SCI

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Course Description

Reproducible Biology in R
Reproducibility is essential at all stages of research and allows for the validation and replication of science, enhancing collaborations and connectivity. The open-source nature of R programming and its ability to analyze and visualize datasets make it a powerful tool in biology. In this course, we will learn the basics of reproducible coding in R and RStudio (no prior knowledge required). Primarily, we will cover: 1) Data structures and creating publication-quality figures; 2) How to ask and answer scientific questions using basic statistics; 3) Creating shareable documents using Rmarkdown; and 4) Reproducibility using GitHub, shell commands, and LaTeX - all within RStudio. Each week will involve a combination of structured lecture, group work, and coding exercises. (Requires BIOL 140 or BIOL 145).

Terms Taught

Winter 2023

Requirements

DED, SCI, WTR

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