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Jerry F. Husak

Assistant Professor
Degree
Ph.D., Oklahoma State University
Office
354 Owens
Phone
(651) 962-5223
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5223
Fax
651.962.5201
Mail
OWS 352
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul MN 55105

RESEARCH INTERESTS

My research focuses on understanding how the processes of natural and sexual selection shape physiological and morphological traits. Specifically, I am interested in how hormones link animals to their biotic and abiotic environments through the regulation of performance traits important to fitness. To accomplish this, I integrate theory and techniques from physiology, evolutionary ecology, animal behavior, and functional morphology, and I combine laboratory experiments with correlative studies of natural populations. I primarily work with reptiles as model systems, and I conduct research in the southwestern US and the Caribbean. Some of my current projects include:

  • How steroid hormones mediate performance in lizards
  • How endocrine systems regulate social behavior in Caribbean Anolis lizards
  • Direct and indirect effects of sexually selected traits on animal performance
  • Examining performance consequences of muscle fiber composition in lizards

Lab website:  http://jerryhusak.weebly.com/index.html

 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

(Student researchers are denoted by *.)

  • Husak, J. F., H. A. Ferguson*, and M. B. Lovern. 2016. Tradeoffs among locomotor performance, reproduction, and immunity in lizards. Functional Ecology, in press. 
  • Wilson, R. S., J. F. Husak, C. Clemente, and L. Halsey. 2015. Predicting the movement speeds of animals in natural environments. Integrative and Comparative Biology 55:1125-1141.
  • Wilson, R. S., and J. F. Husak. 2015. Introduction to the symposium: towards a general framework for predicting animal movement speeds in nature. Integrative and Comparative Biology 55:1121-1124.
  • Husak, J. F. Measuring selection on physiology in the wild and manipulating phenotypes (in terrestrial non-human vertebrates). Comprehensive Physiology, 6:63-85.
  • (2015). “Integrative Organismal Biology: Edited by Lynn B. Martin, Cameron K. Ghalambor, and H. Arthur Woods”. Invited book review. Quarterly Review of Biology, 90:431-432.

Fall 2016 Courses

Fall 2016 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 349 - 02 Comp Anatomy & Physiology-B M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 OWS 250
CRN: 41195 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Jerry F. Husak This course includes an examination of the functional morphology of the vertebrate skeletal, muscular, nervous, and sensory systems. Emphasis will be placed upon the evolution, development and function of these systems as well as the control and integration of all organ systems in vertebrates. This course may be taken as part of a two-semester sequence with BIOL 350 but may also be taken alone. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: BIOL 207, BIOL 208 and a minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209

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Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 349 - 51 Comp Anatomy & Physiology/LabA - - - R - - - 1330 - 1730 OWS 380
CRN: 40014 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Jerry F. Husak This course includes an examination of the functional morphology of the vertebrate skeletal, muscular, nervous, and sensory systems. Emphasis will be placed upon the evolution, development and function of these systems as well as the control and integration of all organ systems in vertebrates. This course may be taken as part of a two-semester sequence with BIOL 350 but may also be taken alone. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: BIOL 207, BIOL 208 and a minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 349 - 52 Comp Anatomy & Physiology/LabA - - W - - - - 1330 - 1730 OWS 380
CRN: 40513 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Jerry F. Husak This course includes an examination of the functional morphology of the vertebrate skeletal, muscular, nervous, and sensory systems. Emphasis will be placed upon the evolution, development and function of these systems as well as the control and integration of all organ systems in vertebrates. This course may be taken as part of a two-semester sequence with BIOL 350 but may also be taken alone. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: BIOL 207, BIOL 208 and a minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209

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Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 349 - D01 Comp Anatomy & Physiology-A M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 OSS 122
CRN: 40013 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Jerry F. Husak This course includes an examination of the functional morphology of the vertebrate skeletal, muscular, nervous, and sensory systems. Emphasis will be placed upon the evolution, development and function of these systems as well as the control and integration of all organ systems in vertebrates. This course may be taken as part of a two-semester sequence with BIOL 350 but may also be taken alone. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: BIOL 207, BIOL 208 and a minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209

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Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 389 - I4 Research - - - - - - - -
CRN: 43635 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Jerry F. Husak Original laboratory, field, library or other analytical investigation under the direction of a member of the biology faculty, culminating in either a written research paper or an oral presentation. Upper class standing not required. Prerequisites: BIOL 207, BIOL 208 and a minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209, permission of the instructor and the department chair.

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J-Term 2017 Courses

J-Term 2017 Courses
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Spring 2017 Courses

Spring 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 350 - 01 Comp. Anatomy/Physiology A M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 OWS 257
CRN: 20012 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Jerry F. Husak This course includes an examination of the functional morphology of the vertebrate endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, digestive and reproductive systems, including control and integration of organ systems, as well as adaptation to the environment and evolutionary history. Laboratory work will emphasize functional comparisons of vertebrate organ systems and an experimental approach to physiological problems. Four laboratory hours per week. This course may be taken as a part of a two-semester sequence with BIOL 349 or may be taken alone. Prerequisite: BIOL 207, BIOL 208 and a minimum grad of C- in BIOL 209.

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BIOL 398 - 01 Biology of Monsters M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 OSS 127
CRN: 20825 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Jerry F. Husak This course uses monsters as examples to explore basic principles of organismal biology, including topics such as (1) the influence of body size on form, function, andecology; (2) body shape patterning; (3)physiology of digestion,circulation, growth,andmovement; (4)population biology; (5)energetics; (6)life history theory; and (7)evolutionary constraints.Monsters tha tare covered in the course will be drawn from popular media,including literature, movies, television, andtheinternet.

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Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 398 - 52 Biology of Monsters/Lab - - W - - - - 1330 - 1730 OWS 380
CRN: 22158 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Jerry F. Husak The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online, View Searchable Class Schedule

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Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 398 - 53 Biology of Monsters/Lab - - - R - - - 1330 - 1730 OWS 379
CRN: 21042 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Jerry F. Husak The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online, View Searchable Class Schedule

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