‌Dana Krempels

SENIOR LECTURER

161A Cox Science Center, Dept. of Biology
1301 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33124
E-mail: dana@miami.edu
Office: (305) 284-3977


EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • 1997, Coordinator/Ecology Instructor, NSF Young Scholars Program
  • 1988-present, Ecology Instructor, Coordinator, HHMI Research in Ecology Program
  • 1995-present, Director of Undergraduate studies, Department of Biology, University of Miami
  • 1990-2008, Lecturer, Department of Biology, University of Miami
  • 1989-present, Coordinator of First Year Biology Laboratories, University of Miami
  • 2008-present, Senior Lecturer, Department of Biology, University of Miami CA.
  • 1980, B.S. in Biological Sciences and B.A. in English, University of Southern California, Los Angeles,
  • 1989, Ph.D., University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

GRANTS AND AWARDS

  • Women in Eye Research Grant, April 1987 Awarded travel funds to attend the 1987 meetings of ARVO.
  • Robert E. Maytag Fellowship, November 1981 - June 1984 Graduate Research fellowship awarded through the University of Miami
  • Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid-of Research, January 1983 award to fund research on infrared reflectance of Costa Ricanherpetofauna.
  • Organization for Tropical Studies Course Fellowship, June 1981 Awarded full tuition and travel funds by the University of Southern California forthe #81-3 summer field ecology course.
  • Jessie Noyes Foundation Grant, December 1981 award to fund research on infrared reflectance of Costa Rican herpetofaunaAwards
  • Outstanding Biology Educator of the Year - May 1996 Voted by graduating senior Biology majors, University of Miami
  • Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges - June 1989 Voted for inclusion by the University of Miami Biology Faculty
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Award - May 1986 Awarded by University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences
  • Teaching Assistant of the Year Award - June 1981 Awarded by the University of Southern California Biology Department.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH - UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

  • Judge for Florida-Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (FGLSAMP) Poster Symposium - 2004
  • Judge, Miami-Dade Science, Engineering, Communication, Mathematics Enhancement (SECME) Science Fair (2004)
  • Judge, Miami-Dade County Science Fair (2003)
  • Guest Speaker, South Miami Elementary School (2001 - present) - interactive talks and lectures to third-grade students on exotic plant invasions in southern Florida.
  • Ecology Instructor, Coordinator, HHMI Research in Ecology Program (1998 - present)
  • Coordinator/Ecology Instructor, NSF Young Scholars Program (1997)

TEACHING INTERESTS

My interest in teaching is wide-ranging, but the overarching theme is training students to think critically and skeptically, to educate themselves thoroughly via reliable sources, and to think for themselves. The study of evolutionary theory is ideal for this enterprise. Not only is the topic currently of great sociopolitical import, but it allows me to demonstrate to students the difference between science, pseudoscience, and faith. I don't preach; I present the information. And, I hope, this in itself will teach students to analyze the many sides of a difficult problem and to come to logical conclusions based on observable facts.


COURSES

  • Introductory Biology (BIL 101)
  • Elementary Ecology (BIL 103)
  • Genetics and Society (BIL 104)
  • Elementary Botany (BIL 105)
  • Elementary Zoology (BIL 106)
  • Introduction to Evolution (BIL 107)
  • Honors Seminar in Biology (BIL 113/114)
  • Evolution of Biodiversity (BIL 160)
  • General Botany (BIL 226)
  • Genetics (BIL 250)
  • Seminar: Honors Seminar in Genetics (BIL 253)
  • Seminar: Biology and Gender, an Evolutionary Perspective (BIL 375)
  • Seminar: Humans, Evolution and Religion (BIL 375)

DIRECTOR OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

  • Chair Biology Department Curriculum Committee
  • Serve as Biology Department Representative on College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum Committee
  • Devise potential improvements in UM biology majors' undergraduate curriculum
  • Advise undergraduate biology majors
  • Evaluate transfer credits for new undergraduate transfer students
  • Schedule biology courses for each semester

PERSONAL INTERESTS

  • Biology Education Outreach. Answers questions about biology, evolution and wild animals as a volunteer at AllExperts. (2003-present)
  • Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation. Chapter Manager of the Miami House Rabbit Society Chapter, H.A.R.E., Inc., a non-profit corporation. This organization is dedicated to educating the public about the proper care of domestic rabbits, as well as rescue and rehabilitation of wild lagomorphs (Cottontails and Jackrabbits). It serves as a satellite wildlife rehabilitation center under the umbrella of Rascals Wildlife Care Network, Inc. (1994 - present)
  • Student/faculty relations. Served as a non-resident associate faculty master at Eaton Residential College, University of Miami in 1990-94. This program fosters personal interaction between students and faculty, and inivites faculty to sponsor outings and social interactions with students.,/li>
  • Music. Semi-professional singer/guitarist; perform traditional Celtic folk music. Served on the Board of Directors of the Folk Club of South Florida from 1983 through 1988.
  • Athletics. Ran five marathons from 1986 through 1990. Sidelined by a tragic gardening accident.
  • Wildlife photography. My work has been published in several books, magazines, brochures, posters and on a Costa Rican postage stamp.
  • Graphic design. Designed numerous brochures, newsletters, display advertisements, etc. for many different organizations. Scientific illustration done for several articles in scientific journals, as well as for a textbook on vascular surgery.
  • Community Service. Served as president of a 783-member condominium association in 1992-93, overseeing post-Andrew hurricane reconstruction of the community and dealing with the many legal and insurance issues involved. Served as Landscape Director for the community of 96 acres, incorporating environmentally friendly and native plantings to replace exotics originally planted by the developer.
  • Served as editor and layout designer of community newsletter for three years; included environmental and wildlife education articles in every issue. Learned lesson: Never, ever get involved in condominum community operations: you will age five years for every one.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Krempels, Dana M. 2003. Life, the Universe and Evolution: Laboratory Exercises in Evolutionary Biology. (Laboratory manual for BIL 161) Hunhare Press: Miami
  • Krempels, Dana M. 2001. Go Figure: Critical Thinking and Experimental Design in the Biology Laboratory. (Laboratory manual for BIL 151) Hunhare Press: Miami
  • Krempels, Dana M, Mary Cotter and Gil Stanzione. 2000. Ileus in Domestic Rabbits. Exotic DVM, Volume 2(4), pp. 19 - 21.
  • Krempels, Dana M. 2000. Tiptoe through the Taxa: Laboratory Exercises in Evolution. (Laboratory Manual for BIL 161) Benjamin Cummings Publishing Company: San Francisco
  • Krempels, Dana M. and Charles H. Mallery. 1995. Laboratory Exercises in General Biology, 4th Ed. Burgess Publishing Company: Edina
  • Krempels, Dana M. 1995. Tiptoe through the Taxa: A Laboratory Guide to the Five Kingdoms. (negotiating for press rights)