Elizabeth C. Davis-Berg

Elizabeth C. Davis-Berg
Columbia College Chicago · Department of Science and Mathematics

PhD

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Introduction
Beth is a professor of biology at Columbia College Chicago. She teaches a variety of classes including animal behavior, ecology, evolution of sex, general zoology and more. Her research focuses on invertebrate biomechanics, gastropod biodiversity, and pedagogy.
Additional affiliations
August 2011 - present
Columbia College Chicago
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
August 2011 - present
Columbia College Chicago
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
August 2011 - December 2011
University of Chicago
Position
  • Researcher
Education
August 2000 - August 2005
University of Kansas
Field of study
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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Publications (23)
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In our non-majors animal behavior class we developed a semester-long research project assignment that incorporates project-based learning (PBL) and the opportunity for Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) that introduces, assesses, and applies the course concepts. This project can easily be adapted for non-majors biology, majors...
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The COVID‐19 global pandemic caused instructors to pivot to remote and online teaching, an especially challenging task in hands‐on classes such as invertebrate biology. In this special 25th anniversary issue of Invertebrate Biology, the authors present a variety of clever and effective ways to help invertebrate biology instructors adapt to teaching...
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We investigated using Mathematica to create an interactive exercise that allows students to explore biological concepts. Exporting these active learning experiences to the Wolfram Computable Document Format (CDF) lets students enter data and modify parameters with only a browser plug-in and without needing to know how to use Mathematica. This exerc...
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A hallmark of tactile texture exploration is that it involves movement between skin and surface. When we scan a surface, small texture-specific vibrations are produced in the skin, and specialized cutaneous mechanoreceptors convert these vibrations into highly repeatable, precise, and informative temporal spiking patterns in tactile afferents. Both...
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When we explore a textured surface, vibrations are produced in the fingertip skin that carry information about its texture and excite frequency-sensitive mechanoreceptors. Texture-elicited vibrations – and the response these evoked in receptors – depend systematically on the speed with which a finger scans the surface. To understand the neural basi...
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A physical model was used in a laboratory exercise to teach students about countercurrent exchange mechanisms. Countercurrent exchange is the transport of heat or chemicals between fluids moving in opposite directions separated by a permeable barrier (such as blood within adjacent blood vessels flowing in opposite directions). Greater exchange of h...
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Mucous trail following is a primary means by which many predatory snails locate prey. I compared the ability of individuals of Euglandina rosea to follow mucous trails of two groups of gastropods: those found within its native habitat (southeastern USA), and those found outside its native range (Kansas). Members of E. rosea followed trails for both...
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Sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) or bleach, found in effluent from wastewater treatment plants, can act as an environ-mental toxin. The sea urchin Arbacia punctulata is a common subject of embryological toxicity tests due to its sensitiv-ity to environmental pollutants. Using concentrations of NaOCl that mimic those found in treated wastewater (0.11 ppm...
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This one-session laboratory exercise teaches all the major invertebrate phyla in about 2 hours.
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Sodium hypochlorite or bleach, found in wastewater from treatment plants and untreated runoff, can act as an environmental toxin. The sea urchin Arbacia punctulata, is a common subject of many embryological toxicity tests due to the sensitivity of the subject to environmental pollutants. Little published work has focused on the effects of sodium hy...
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Many gastropods, including limpets, periwinkles, and mud snails, detect and follow mucous trails. The stylommatophoran pulmonate snail Mesodon thyroidus follow conspecific trails in the field, potentially following in the direction they were laid, as has been demonstrated for other pulmonates. This study investigated whether individuals of M. thyro...
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Teaching non-majors at an arts and media college poses the challenge of keeping students interested and involved in learning material outside their majors. Not all students perform well on traditional forms of assessment such as quizzes and in-class tests. Creative projects, worked on outside of classroom time, allow students to present their under...
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Pectinate (feathery) antennae have high resistance to air flow, and therefore most of the air approaching an antenna is diverted around it and is not available for chemical sampling by the sensory hairs on that antenna. The small fraction (approximately 10-20%) of approaching air that passes through the air spaces or gaps in the antenna decelerates...
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Some gastropods are able to find food sources by following airborne chemical plumes using both tropotaxis and anemotaxis. This study examined odour tracking to food odours with a species of terrestrial gastropod, Meridolum gulosum (Gould, 1864), a native to rainforests in coastal south-eastern New South Wales, Australia. It was demonstrated that M....

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My goal is to improve both my teaching and the classroom experience of my students and to share my findings.
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