Adam D. Kay portrait

Adam D. Kay

Associate Professor
Degree
Ph.D. University of Utah
Office
OWS 367/ Lab: OWS267A
Phone
(651) 962-5291
Fax
651.962.5201
Mail
OWS 352
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul MN 55105

Spring 2014 Courses

Spring 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 330 - 01 Animal Behavior M - W - F 1215 - 1320 OSS 127
CRN: 21210 4 Credit Hours The study of animal behavior from an evolutionary perspective. The adaptive value of behaviors such as display, habitat selection, foraging pattern, and mating system is examined. Theoretical analyses of sexual selection and the evolution of cooperation and altruism are considered. Laboratory work emphasizes the measurement and analysis of animal behavior under natural conditions. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209; QMCS 220 or MATH 303 recommended
BIOL 330 - 51 Animal Behavior/Lab M - - - - 1335 - 1735 OWS 268
CRN: 21211 0 Credit Hours The study of animal behavior from an evolutionary perspective. The adaptive value of behaviors such as display, habitat selection, foraging pattern, and mating system is examined. Theoretical analyses of sexual selection and the evolution of cooperation and altruism are considered. Laboratory work emphasizes the measurement and analysis of animal behavior under natural conditions. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209; QMCS 220 or MATH 303 recommended
BIOL 330 - 52 Animal Behavior/Lab - - W - - 1335 - 1735 OWS 268
CRN: 21212 0 Credit Hours The study of animal behavior from an evolutionary perspective. The adaptive value of behaviors such as display, habitat selection, foraging pattern, and mating system is examined. Theoretical analyses of sexual selection and the evolution of cooperation and altruism are considered. Laboratory work emphasizes the measurement and analysis of animal behavior under natural conditions. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209; QMCS 220 or MATH 303 recommended
BIOL 389 - I4 Research - - - - - -
CRN: 23106 4 Credit Hours 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. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209 and permission of the instructor and the department chair
BIOL 491 - I2 Research - - - - - -
CRN: 23064 4 Credit Hours Same as for BIOL 493 and 494, except that written research paper is not a formal research paper.

Summer 2014 Courses

Summer 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 209 - 01 Biology of Sustainability M - W - F 0935 - 1040 OSS LL18
CRN: 41608 4 Credit Hours Influences of humans on the global environment have reached unprecedented levels, increasing the need for society to strive to live in a sustainable manner. Many issues facing the environment have a biological basis. Thus, an understanding of basic biology is necessary to understand and address many environmental issues. This course will cover the fundamental biology involved with five environmental issues at the global scale: climate change, excessive nutrient loading into ecosystems, agricultural production, chemical contaminants, and loss of biodiversity. Specific biological principles to be covered include energy and nutrient mass balance by organisms and ecosystems, homeostasis and organismal physiology, and population dyanmics and conservation biology. Prerequisite: C- or better in BIOL 208
BIOL 209 - 55 Biology of Sustainability/Lab - T - - - 1800 - 2100 OWS 378
CRN: 41615 0 Credit Hours Influences of humans on the global environment have reached unprecedented levels, increasing the need for society to strive to live in a sustainable manner. Many issues facing the environment have a biological basis. Thus, an understanding of basic biology is necessary to understand and address many environmental issues. This course will cover the fundamental biology involved with five environmental issues at the global scale: climate change, excessive nutrient loading into ecosystems, agricultural production, chemical contaminants, and loss of biodiversity. Specific biological principles to be covered include energy and nutrient mass balance by organisms and ecosystems, homeostasis and organismal physiology, and population dyanmics and conservation biology. Prerequisite: C- or better in BIOL 208
BIOL 209 - 56 Biology of Sustainability/Lab - - W - - 1335 - 1635 OWS 378
CRN: 41616 0 Credit Hours Influences of humans on the global environment have reached unprecedented levels, increasing the need for society to strive to live in a sustainable manner. Many issues facing the environment have a biological basis. Thus, an understanding of basic biology is necessary to understand and address many environmental issues. This course will cover the fundamental biology involved with five environmental issues at the global scale: climate change, excessive nutrient loading into ecosystems, agricultural production, chemical contaminants, and loss of biodiversity. Specific biological principles to be covered include energy and nutrient mass balance by organisms and ecosystems, homeostasis and organismal physiology, and population dyanmics and conservation biology. Prerequisite: C- or better in BIOL 208

Our research has two main themes. Our emerging work focuses on “Stewardship Science“, which combines environmental science research with community service. Most of this work involves urban agriculture research. We’re developing multiple projects that test hypotheses about small-scale farming, and each project is designed to make a direct contribution to our local community. Another part of our work focuses on how the nutritional composition of resource inputs influences ecological interactions in invertebrate communities. A common theme through these projects is the importance of nutrient balance and how particular nutrient scarcities or excesses affect ecological processes.

 Dr. Kay is one of the instructors of the Costa Rica course.

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