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.