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Kevin S. Baldwin

Academic Biography:
Like many undergrads, I had trouble making up my mind and ended up double-majoring in biology and history. A vertebrate natural history course and a summer as a field assistant at a biological field station tipped the balance for me to pursue biology. Along the way I've led some ecotours in the Amazon and consulted about desert reptiles in California and Nevada.

Teaching at Monmouth College is fun because I get to know my students pretty well and they and my colleagues constantly enrich my awareness of perspectives from different disciplines.

Research Interests:
Ecophysiology of reptiles, fish, & arthropods. Currently, I have students examining the effects of pharmaceuticals like antidepressants on the behavior of aquatic organisms. This is important because we excrete these compounds and they end up in measurable quantities in the environment even after passing through sewage treatment facilities. I am also interested in the physiological and behavioral effects of parasites on their hosts and am exploring a local system that involves a lung fluke that passes among snails, dragonflies, and frogs

Courses Taught:
BIOL101 Life on Earth
BIOL204 Human Anatomy and Physiology
BIOL203 Comparative Vertebrate Morphology
BIOL222 Introduction to Research I
BIOL320 Parasitology
BIOL325 Advanced Physiology
ENVI103 Intro. to Environmental Science
INTG101 Introduction to Liberal Arts
INTG317 Reflections: Food for Thought

Ph.D. University of Florida 1999
B.A University of California, Berkeley 1986

Contact Info:
Office: Rm 241 Ctr for Sci & Busi