Curt Walker

Walker Office: SCI 124 Phone: 435-652-7785 E-mail: walker@dixie.edu
Education
    Ph.D. in Zoology University of Idaho B.S. in Biochemistry University of Wisconsin-Madison
Courses:
    BIOL 2320 - Human Anatomy BIOL 2420 - Human Physiology BIOL 3010 - Biological Evolution BIOL 3140 - Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy BIOL 3145 - Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Lab BIOL 4350 - Animal Behavior BIOL 4355 - Animal Behavior Lab BIOL 4500 - Comp Vertebrate Physiology BIOL 4505 - Comp Vertebrate Physiology Lab BIOL 4810/4820 - Independent Research I/II BIOL 4910 - Senior Seminar I
I am originally from Wisconsin. I went to graduate school in Idaho, where I researched behavior genetics in mammals. After a postdoc at the University of Florida Medical School, I landed a job teaching at Dixie State College of Utah. I love the outdoors, so St. George is the perfect place for me. Faculty at our college are given great latitude in how they teach. I try to be very creative in the classroom, making the information easy to understand (but still plentiful). My main research interest since 2008 has been studying canyon tree frogs in Zion National Park during the summers. My students and I discovered that some populations of these frogs have the usually deadly chytrid fungus, but these populations appear to be immune to it, likely due to their lifestyle. During the summer of 2019 I may begin a new project seeking to learn more about the canyon tree frogs in habitats outside of the national park.