Curt Walker

Walker

Office: Science Building, Room 124
Phone: (435) 652-7785
E-mail: walker@dixie.edu

Degrees:
– Ph.D. in Zoology
University of Idaho, 1993
– B.S. in Biochemistry
University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1987

Courses Taught:
– BIOL 2320 – Human Anatomy — syllabus
– BIOL 2420 – Human Physiology — syllabus
– BIOL 3010 – Biological Evolution — syllabus
– 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 — syllabus
– BIOL 4505 – Comp Vertebrate Physiology Lab
– BIOL 4810 – Independent Research I
– BIOL 4820 – Independent Research II
– BIOL 4910 – Senior Seminar I

Statement:
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 research interests are studying canyon tree frogs in Zion National Park in the summer. My ongoing research project began in 2008, and we have discovered that some populations of these frogs have the usually deadly chytrid fungus. These populations appear to be immune to the fungus, likely due to their lifestyle. During the summer of 2017 I hope to demonstrate the first example of a wild individual with the fungus destroying it without any human intervention.