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Russell L. Burke

Professor of Biology


Degrees

PHD, 1994, University Michigan; MS, 1987, Univ Florida; BS, 1981, Ohio State Univ Columbus


Bio

Dr. Burke is primarily interested in the ecology, evolution, and conservation biology of vertebrates and the ecology of Lyme Disease. Most of the species he has studied have either been introduced species or rare species, thus population control (both positive and negative) is usually involved.

Currently, he has three major research projects: diamondback terrapins at nearby Jamaica Bay, the ecology of Lyme Disease on a continental scale, and the effects of coyotes on the ecosystems of Long Island. The terrapins face a number of interesting
conservation issues, including decreasing salt marsh habitat, pollutants in the Bay, raccoon and plant predation on eggs, and rat predation on hatchlings.



Lyme Disease is fairly well studied in the places where human cases are high, but it's rarity in the rest of the U.S. is an enigma. Burke joined a team of researchers from numerous institutions to investigate the biogeography of Lyme Disease in North America.



His courses at Hofstra include Ecology, Biostatistics, and Conservation Biology.


Teaching Interests

I teach a variety of organismal biology courses, with a special interest in teaching the application of ecological and evolutionary principles to current problems.

Research Interests

My research interest include the ecology, evolution, and conservation biology of turtles and the ecology of Lyme Disease. Most of the species I have studied have either been introduced species or rare species, thus population control is a focal issue.


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Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
BIO 004 (NS) HUMAN BIOLOGY Undergraduate
BIO 012 (NS) ANIMAL FORM AND FUNCTION Undergraduate
BIO 014 (NS)EVOLUTN,ECOLOGY & BEHAVIOR Undergraduate
BIO 015 SCIENTIFIC PROCESS SKILLS Undergraduate
BIO 090 INDEPENDENT STUDY - UG RES I Undergraduate
BIO 091 INDEPENDENT STUDY - UG RES II Undergraduate
BIO 093 DEPT HONORS CANDIDACY:RESEARCH Undergraduate
BIO 100 BIOSTATISTICS Undergraduate
BIO 201 STATISTICAL ANALYSIS BIO DATA Graduate
BIO 275 ADV CONSERVATION BIO Graduate
BIO 302 MASTERS THESIS 2 Graduate
BIOL 004 (NS) HUMAN BIOLOGY Undergraduate
BIOL 120 EVOLUTION, ECOLOGY & BEHAVIOR Undergraduate
BIOL 156 CONSERVATION BIOLOGY Undergraduate
BIOL 190 INDEP STUDY-UG RESEARCH I Undergraduate
BIOL 191 INDEP STUDY-UG REASEARCH II Undergraduate
BIOL 193 DEPT HONORS-RESEARCH Undergraduate
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