Mr. Phil Hightower
Lecturer of Biology
Alakai Swamp, Kauai. 2012.
Checking out the Kilauea lava flows from the air above Hawaii. 2010.
Sunset, Maui. 2011.
Tundra community on top of Sundance Mountain, Colorado at 12,400 ft. 2013.
Do you enjoy learning about animals? Think about taking Biol 3090 Invertebrate Zoology in the Spring of 2014.
Invertebrate Fun Facts:
Still interested? See my syllabus from the last time I taught the class in the resource section below. Changes will be made but it will give you an idea of the contents of the course. Biol 2080 with a C or higher should be the only prerequisite in the catalog now. The required course materials are below. If you are thinking about renting the lab manual, that might work but see me first to be sure before going that route.
Biology of the Invertebrates, Pechenik, 6th edition, ISBN: 978-0-073028-26-2
Invertebrate Zoology Lab Manual, Wallace, 6th edition, ISBN: 978-0-130429-37-7
Anticipated Fall 2013 Office Hours: Listed below and by appointment as needed. Fall semester begins Wednesday, August 14.
If you need anything, please see your instructor and ask for help. I can also meet with small groups at the AAC for study sessions. The AAC is a free tutoring center in the bottom floor of the library. Ask the student at the front desk when tutors are available to help with biology. Choose success by using all the resources available to you.
W 11:00-12:00noon 1:00-3:00pm
M.S. in Biology, 2008, Valdosta State University
B.S. in Biology, Minor in Chemistry, 1998, Valdosta State University
Biology Major, Core Curriculum, 1993-1995, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
BIOL 3350-Ecology and Evolution with included lab
BIOL 3090-Invertebrate Zoology with included lab
BIOL 1107 & BIOL 1107L (previously BIOL 2107 & BIOL 2107L)-Principles of Biology I and lab
BIOL 1108 & BIOL 1108L (previously BIOL 2108 & BIOL 2108L)-Principles of Biology II and lab
BIOL 1003 & BIOL 1003L-Introductory Biology I and lab (Designed for non-science majors, no longer in catalog)
BIOL 1004 & BIOL 1004L -Introductory Biology II and lab (Designed for non-science majors, no longer in catalog)
SCIE 1005H-Environmental Science Honors with included lab
SCIE 1005 & SCIE 1005L-Environmental Science and lab
2013. P. Hightower & D.L. Bechler. The life history of the crayfish Procambarus (Pennides) spiculifer in the Alapahoochee River. Freshwater Crayfish. 19(1):77-89.
2011. G.T. Johnson, J.F. Elder, S.M. Thompson, P. Hightower, & D. Bechler. Phylogeny of the freshwater crayfish subfamily Cambarinae based on 16s rDNA gene analysis. Current Trends in Ecology. 2:97-113.
2011. P. Hightower. Environmental Science Laboratory Manual (for use in ABAC’s SCIE 1005H and SCIE 1005L). pp 58.
2009. March 27-29. Poster presentation at the 6th annual Southeastern Ecology and Evolution Conference (SEEC) in Gainesville, Florida entitled “The life history of the crayfish Procambarus spiculifer in the Alapahoochee River.”
2009. Rousey, J., P. Hightower, M.E. Smith and D.L. Bechler. Conspecific and heterospecific associations in nest-traps occupied by the crayfish, Procambarus spiculifer. Georgia Journal of Science. 67:36 (Abstr.)
2008. P. Hightower. “The Life History of the Crayfish Procambarus spiculifer in the Alapahoochee River” Masters Thesis. Valdosta State University.
2004. R. Baird, W. Batson, C. Watson, & P. Hightower. Evaluation of transgenic cotton varieties and a glyphosate application on seedling disease incidence. Mycopathologia. 158: 363-368.
2004. R.E. Baird, D.E. Carling, C.E. Watson, M.L. Scruggs, & P. Hightower. Effects of nematicides on cotton root mycobiota. Mycopathologia. 157: 191-199.
1999-Present. Contributor to ABAC’s biology laboratory manuals for various courses.
Sample syllabi and sample schedules for my classes can be found in the resource section below. These are intended to guide you in course selection and may not be current. Semester-specific, updated materials will be provided to you if you choose to take the course. See also D2L for materials.