BIOL 1100: Human Biology
BIOL 1105: Environmental Studies
BIOL 1108: Principles of Biology II
BIOL 3550: Conservation Biology
BIOL 3600: Ornithology
BIOL 4360: Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology

Please contact me if you are interested in working with me for the following courses:
BIOL 3900: Reading in Biology
BIOL 4800: Service Learning in Biology (Teaching Assistant or Internship)
BIOL 4960: Research in Biology

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Tropical Ecology

David DesRochers, Ph.D..

Title: Assistant Professor in Biology
Natural Sciences
Phone: 706.272.2165
Fax: 706.272.2533
Office: Peeples Hall 224
Ph.D. Tufts University
M.A. College of William and Mary
B.A. Saint Anselm College

Office Hours:


Department of Natural Sciences
School of Science, Technology, and Mathematics


My background is in bird ecology and conservation. I particularly am interested in factors that influence species' distributions and limit population sizes. In my research, I have explored how different biotic factors (e.g., competitors and habitat configuration) and a biotic factors (e.g., hydrology and soil quality) influence numbers of three endangered and endemic water birds in Hawaii. I also have explored island-mainland evolutionary patterns in the 12 subspecies of one particular bird species - the Common Moorhen. Other Hawaiian research has involved different aspects of the ecology of the endangered Hawaiian Moorhen, including molt, limitation of numbers by food energy, and breeding. Additional research includes exploring the reliance of endangered species on conservation initiatives and the threat that climate change poses to shorebirds in North America.

My teaching interests include conservation biology, ornithology (the study of birds!), ecology, environmental science, and general biology. One of my primary goals in teaching is to connect students to the natural world because in this technologically advanced age, we are growing more disconnected from the natural world. As a result, I am very interested in getting students to think critically about the environment and how our actions can influence the world around us - for better or for worse.

If any students are interested in learning more about conservation and birds and getting involved in research, then please contact me.

Dalton State, 650 College Drive, Dalton, GA 30720
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