David Haines, M.S.
M.S., Oklahoma State University, 2013
B.S., University of Wisconsin-Superior, 2010
“I try to show the public that chemistry, biology, physics, astrophysics is life. It is not some separate subject that you have to be pulled into a corner to be taught about. --Neil de Grasse Tyson”
In 2010, I earned my bachelor’s degree from UW-Superior, and afterwards I decided to take an opportunity to conduct behavioral research on green anoles (Anolis carolinensis). Green anoles are a small lizard found throughout the South Eastern United States. They utilize a unique method of communication known as head bobbing, which scientists do not fully understand. I was interested in how early life stage nutritional and hormonal stresses would impair their ability to produce these displays. While teaching at Oklahoma State, I taught a variety of classes ranging from introduction to biology to anatomy and physiology classes. I also taught high school students in the Upward Bound program biology, physiology, chemistry and physics over the summers. While in graduate school, I learned that I enjoyed teaching more than research and am very grateful to have an opportunity teach Anatomy and Physiology at UMR.