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Paulson, Abbey L



Research Areas research areas



  • eDNA, invasive species, desert springs, community ecology, restoration ecology


selected publications


courses taught

  • EBIO 1010 - Introduction to Quantitative Thinking for Biologists
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
    Focuses on the collection, visualization and analysis of data that are relevant for advancing critical thinking, student-directed learning, and the development of quantitative analysis skills, with an emphasis on using R and examples from ecology and evolutionary biology.
  • EBIO 1100 - Biology and Society
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2021
    Lect. Studies the dynamic relationships between the biological sciences and society. Areas of inquiry include interconnections between ecological and evolutionary theory and concepts and emergent questions being raised on a societal level. Students will explore topics such as human populations and sexual reproduction; biological factors affecting sociability and social patterns; environmental change with a focus on global biodiversity and the services to people; natural resource management; and public health. Recommended for majors and non-majors.
  • EBIO 1210 - General Biology 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023
    Lect. Provides a concentrated introduction to molecular, cellular, genetic, and evolutionary biology. Emphasizes fundamental principles, concepts, facts, and questions. Intended for science majors.
  • EBIO 1220 - General Biology 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
    Provides a concentrated introduction to organisms, homeostasis, development, behavior, and ecology. Emphasizes fundamental principles, concepts, facts,and questions. Intended for science majors. Recommended prerequisite: EBIO 1210 (minimum grade C-).
  • EBIO 2040 - Principles of Ecology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023 / Spring 2024
    Lecture and laboratory. Introduces principles of ecology, emphasizing patterns and processes at various levels of biological organization. Scope global, but examples often from local environment. Laboratory emphasizes techniques of field biology. Uses animals and/or animal tissues. Recommended prerequisites: EBIO 1030 and EBIO 1040 and EBIO 1050 or EBIO 1210 and EBIO 1220 and EBIO 1230 and EBIO 1240 (minimum grade C-). Same as EBIO 2640 and ENVS 2000.
  • EBIO 2070 - Genetics: Molecules to Populations
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023
    Lect. and rec. Covers principles of genetics and developmental biology at levels of molecules, cellular organelles, individuals and populations; asexual and sexual life cycles; heredity. Recitations allow discussion of genetics problems and implications of genetic principles and provide demonstrations and simulations of genetic processes. Intended for sophomore majors in EBIO. Recommended prerequisites: EBIO 1210 and EBIO 1220 and EBIO 1230 and EBIO 1240 (minimum grade C-). Credit not granted for this course and EBIO 2640.
  • EBIO 3080 - Evolutionary Biology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022
    Lect. and lab. Emphasizes the fundamental evolutionary concepts that provide explanations for the diversification of life on Earth. Specific topics include the evidence for evolution, adaptation by natural selection, speciation, systematics, molecular and genome evolution, and macroevolutionary patterns and processes. Recitations allow students to explore specific topics in more depth and smaller groups. Recommended prerequisites: EBIO 1210 and EBIO 1220 (minimum grade C-). Degree credit not granted for this course and EBIO 3680.
  • EBIO 3590 - Plants and Society
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2023
    A writing intensive course for majors and non-majors which acquaints students with the history of plant use in our society. Topics center on the evolving relationship between humans and plants as food sources, medicines, fuel, and other products, such as fibers and dyes. Recommended prerequisite: EBIO 3590.