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Mr. Phil Hightower

Science
Lecturer of Biology

Conger 209
(229)-391-5111
phightower@abac.edu


Alakai Swamp, Kauai. 2012.

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Checking out the Kilauea lava flows from the air above the big island of Hawaii. 2010.

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Tundra community on top of Sundance Mountain, Colorado at 12,400 ft. 2013.

BIOL 3090 Invertebrate Zoology Fun Facts:

  • Most, 95-97%, of animal species are invertebrates.
  • Going into a human or animal health field? Well, many invertebrates are parasites and/or transmit diseases such as malaria, Chagas, dengue fever, lyme disease, plague, etc.
  • Largest invertebrate: probably the colossal squid at 10m
  • Fastest invertebrate:  dragonflies can reach about 30km/h
  • Invertebrate defense mechanisms: some glow in the dark, some can change colors, some are transparent and almost invisible, some expel an ink cloud, some concentrate plant toxins in their body, some make their own toxins, some have shells, some swim fast, some fly, and some can strike at prey so hard they can break the glass of an ordinary aquarium.
  • Invertebrates are an integral part of the ecosystem. They fill various trophic levels as detritivores, herbivores, and carnivores. They pollinate the crops we grow,  recycle nutrients, help get rid of wastes and provide study organisms for science research.
  • Some invertebrates absorb food through their skin; some have hydraulic systems for opening bivalves; some ambush, run down, or catch prey on the wing; some scrape vegetation from rocks; some filter feed; and some are vampires.
Overwintering Monarch Butterflys, Santa Cruz, California 2014

Overwintering Monarch Butterflys, Santa Cruz, California. 2014.

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Banana Slug, Felton California. 2014.

Spring 2014 Office Hours:  Listed below and by appointment as needed. Fall semester begins Wednesday, Jan. 8.

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 and is part of the Academic Support Center. Ask the student at the front desk when tutors are available to help with biology. Success is a choice you make by working hard and using all the resources available to you. (FYI: R is an abbreviation for Thursday in academic settings.)

M         9:00-11:00am            

T          9:00-11:00am                         1:15-3:00pm              

W         9:00-11:00am                         1:00-2:00pm                          

R          10:00-11:00am                                  

F          9:00-11:00am            

Education

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

Courses Taught

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 1108H-Principles of Biology II Honors with included 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

Publications/Research

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.

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Sunset, Maui. 2011.

Resources

BIOL 1107

Resources/Links

» Sample Syllabus
» Sample Class Schedule

Principles of Biology I: An integrated introduction to modern biology from atomic particles to evolution. General topics to be considered include chemical, molecular and cellular basis of life, photosynthesis, cell metabolism, cell division, genetics, biotechnology, and evolution.

Biol 1107L

Resources/Links

» Sample Lab Schedule
» Sample Syllabus

Principles of Biology I Lab: This is a co-requisite for BIOL 1107.

Biol 1108

Resources/Links

» Sample Syllabus BIOL 1108
» Sample BIOL 1108 MWF 9am Class Schedule
» Sample BIOL 1108 TR 9:30am Class Schedule

Principles of Biology II: General topics to be considered include Domain/Kingdom diversity and classification, plant and animal structure and physiology, plant and animal reproduction, animal homeostasis, responsiveness, coordination, and ecology.

Biol 1108L

Resources/Links

» BIOL 1108L Detailed Syllabus SP 14
» BIOL 1108L Tentative Lab Schedule SP14

Principles of Biology II Lab: This is a co-requisite for BIOL 1108.

Biol 3090

Resources/Links

» BIOL 3090 SP14 Detailed Syllabus
» BIOL 3090 SP14 Class Schedule
» BIOL 3090 SP14 Lab Schedule

Invertebrate Zoology with Included lab. 4hrs credit. Three hours of lecture and three hours of lab each week. This course entails a survey of the evolution, morphology, diversity, and ecology of invertebrates. Usually offered in the Spring.

Biol 3350

Resources/Links

» Sample Syllabus with Class and Lab Schedules

Ecology & Evolution with included lab. 4hrs credit. Three hours of lecture and three hours of lab each week. A study of ecological principles with emphasis on the interactions of individuals, populations and communities in the context of biotic and abiotic components of ecosystems. Subject matter includes adaptation and evolution; distribution and abundance of species; structure, dynamics, and regulation of populations; structure and development of communities; ecosystem energetics and nutrient cycling. Usually offered Fall.

Scie 1005

Resources/Links

» Sample Syllabus with Class Schedule

Environmental Science: A study of ecological concepts that form the basis for understanding environmental issues confronting us; ecology, populations, diversity, resources, pollution and global climate changes. Interrelationships of physical, chemical and biological components of the environment and the impact of human activities on the biosphere are explored.

Scie 1005L

Resources/Links

» Sample Syllabus with Lab Schedule

Environmental Science Lab. Some majors require you to take this lab with SCIE 1005. If you need the lab, please take it the same semester as the class. Check with your advisor!

Scie 1005H

Resources/Links

» Sample Syllabus

4hrs. Environmental Science Honors with included lab.

A study of ecological concepts that form the basis for understanding environmental issues confronting us; ecology, populations, diversity, resources, pollution and global climate changes. Interrelationships of physical, chemical and biological components of the environment and the impact of human activities on the biosphere are explored.

Biol 1108H

Resources/Links

» Biol 1108H Detailed Course Syllabus SP14
» Biol 1108H Tentative Class Schedule TR 11am SP14
» Biol 1108H Tentative Lab Schedule SP14

4hrs. Principles of Biology II Honors with included lab.

General topics to be considered include Domain/Kingdom diversity and classification, plant and animal structure and physiology, plant and animal reproduction, animal homeostasis, responsiveness, coordination, and ecology.