Dr. McLaughlin birdwatching on Isla Lobos

Dr. Jacqueline S. McLaughlin is an assistant professor of biology at Penn State Berks-Lehigh Valley College where she instructs introductory biology courses including: Biodiversity & Basic Concepts, Function and Development of Organisms, Human Physiology, Human Biology, and a biotechnology course, DNA in Practice.

She received a baccalaureate degree in biology/chemistry from New College of U.S.F., a master's degree in cell and developmental biology from The Florida State University, and a Ph.D. in cell and developmental biology from Rutgers University/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Dr. McLaughlin's past research has focused on fertilization and corneal development. Presently, her research interests include the development and physiology of the vertebrate heart, and exploring first-hand the biodiversity and biocomplexity of our world biomes.

Key to all her present research is the production of interactive web-based learning tools that allow students and other instructors to "do" and "experience" biology in and out of the classroom. In this light, she has authored numerous web-sites for Penn State, The Biology Place and the Society for Developmental Biology.

Dr. McLaughlin is an active member of numerous biological societies which allows her numerous opportunities to lead teaching workshops and publish her pedagogical ideas. She was the 2001 recipient of the National Association of Biology Teachers "Four-Year College and University Outstanding Teacher Award."

Dr. Zervanos at Machupicchu, Peru. Dr. Stam M. Zervanos, associate professor of biology, has been with the university for over twenty-eight years.

He has a baccalaureate degree in biology from Albright College, a master's degree in zoology from Penn State University and a Ph.D. in biology from Arizona State University.


He teaches courses in physiology, biodiversity, evolution, and ecology. His research has focused on the adaptational biology of mammals in such diverse habitats as the deserts of Arizona, the tundra of Alaska, the coastal islands of eastern U.S. and the rainforests of South America.

Dr. Zervanos is the author of over 25 research
publications and his current research involves the kidney adaptations of peccaries and the bioenergetics of woodchuck hibernation.


Previous Biology 297/497 Expeditions Include:

Australia, 2001~ From Coral Reef To Rainforest
Alaska, 2000 ~ From Temperate Rainforest To Glaciers
Ecuador, 1999 ~ From the Rainforest to the Galapagos



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