Beth Leuck

Whited-Douglas Chair of Neurobiology
Professor of Biology
B.S., Michigan State University, 1973
M.S., 1975, Ph.D., 1980,
University of Oklahoma

205 Mickle Hall
Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

I am interested in the breeding dynamics of colonially nesting waterbirds in northern Lake Michigan, including Double-crested Cormorants, Ring-billed Gulls, and Herring Gulls. I also quantitatively monitor vegetational changes in and near Double-crested Cormorant colonies.

Dr. Ed Leuck and I are working jointly on a project studying the ecological factors affecting the occurrence and growth of an endangered cactus species in the desert scrub community of southwestern New Mexico.


BIOL 101, Principles and Methods of Biology—every fall

Introduction to major biological phenomena and methods used to study them. Topics include evolutionary processes, cell structure and function, genetic
and ecological principles, and diversity of life. Students will learn to apply the scientific method to the study of the above topics.

BIOL 202, Structure and Function of Organisms—every spring

Introduction to the anatomical and physiological adaptations of organisms. Emphasis will be on how systems function in multicellular
plants and animals to allow them to survive and reproduce. Dissections of representative animals will be required.

BIOL 301 and 302, Human Anatomy and Physiology—every year

A systematic study of the structure and function of the healthy human body. This is a basic course designed primarily for students interested in allied health fields.

BIOL 402S, Animal Physiology—fall of odd years

see the posters

The physiological adaptations of animals to their environments. Students develop individual research projects to investigate physiological problems. Research ideas, data, and final analysis of projects will be presented orally.

Take a look a original research posters produced by Animal Physiology students.

BIOL 403W, Animal Behavior—spring of even years

A study of the evolutionary, physiological and social behavior of animals in their natural habitats. Laboratories will involve direct observation and analysis of related data collected on animals in both natural and captive situations.