BIOL 479 General (comparative) Endocrinology (3 credits):
The objective of this course is to present a comparative approach to understanding how hormones coordinate and control life history processes (i.e. developmental, physiological and behavioral) in animals. The model organism focus has provided many endocrinological insights but has been limited to a small subset of animals. This course will provide a broader survey of comparative vertebrate endocrinology, and since research on invertebrate species has significantly contributed to our understanding of hormone action, these will not be entirely neglected.

BIOL 473 Laboratory in Mammalian Physiology (2 credits):
Students will understand and integrate physiologic concepts at the molecular, cellular, tissue, organ, system, and organismal levels. Students will continue to develop their ability to write scientific papers. Students will study and discuss journal articles. Students will develop laboratory bench skills. Students will demonstrate respect for laboratory animals.


Green Drake restoration project
In early June 2013, my colleague and dear friend Jim Marden and I participated in The Green Drake Restoration Project, an effort to restore Spring Creeks's Eastern Green Drake (Ephemera guttulata) mayfly population by transplanting eggs obtained from Penns Creek. While Jim ended up mostly fishing for trout ;), other participants (including myself) caught many female Green Drakes that evening. These females were "stimulated" to deposit eggs in small water tanks, which were then to be released in Spring Creek. A small impression of the bug madness that occurs during that time of year at Penns Creek:

Catching female Green Drakes from a Penns Creek bridge

A closer view

Great Insect Fair
2014 was the first year during which the Schilder lab participated in the yearly Great Insect Fair. We were part of the Insect Zoo and had a great time showing folks the lifecycle of Superworms (Zophobas morio). Typically known from their larval stage (they are basically very large meal worms), we displayed larval, pupal and adult life stages.

Our superworms stand - photo by Nick Sloff

Ruud at the beetle stand (superworms, mealworms, blue death feigning beetles)

The Great Insect Fair was held in the Bryce Jordan Center on Penn State University's main campus.