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WOU Faculty

Michael Baltzley

Associate Professor of Biology


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Office Hours: Fall 2014
4:00 - 5 p.m.2 - 3:30 p.m. 2:30 - 4 p.m. 


Course schedule: Fall 2014
10355 BI324 COMP VERTEBRATE ANAT MWF 1300-1350 NS 215
10356 BI324L LAB:COMP VERT ANAT MW 1400-1550 NS 006






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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!

Current projects



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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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