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Michael Baltzley

Associate Professor of Biology


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Course schedule: Fall 2015
10444 BI211L LAB:PRIN OF BIOLOGY R 0800-1050 NS 204
10446 BI211L LAB:PRIN OF BIOLOGY R 1130-1420 NS 204
10441 BI211 PRIN OF BIOLOGY MTWF 0800-0850 NS 103
10445 BI211L LAB:PRIN OF BIOLOGY T 1500-1750 NS 204






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Broadly, I am interested in how nervous systems evolve to create novel behavioral patterns. I have studied locomotion in nudibranch gastropods (sea slugs) and sensory neurons in leeches. My research involves quantifying animal behavioral patterns in different species, identifying neurons that underlie those behaviors, and comparing the features of those neurons in different species. Below is a link to the current projects I am working on. If you are interested in gaining research experience studying invertebrate behavior and nervous systems, please come talk to me!

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Following is my teaching schedule for the next two academic years

BI 211 Principles of Biology I: Fall 2013, Fall 2014
BI 213 Principles of Biology III: Spring 2014, Spring 2015
BI 315 Cell Biology: Winter 2014, Winter 2015
BI 324 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy: Fall 2014
BI 434 Comparative Vertebrate Physiology: Spring 2015
BI 437 Neurobiology: Spring 2014

For descriptions and past course syllabuses, please click here.


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