Samuel Hirt PhD

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At Pacific University, all faculty teach a variety of different courses. Typically, we do not use graduate teaching assistants, which means that your classes will be taught by professors and that you will have plenty of opportunities to get to know the faculty in your discipline.

Below I have listed some of the courses that I teach. We are always developing and trying out new classes, so the list may change now and then.

BIO 160 | Marine Biology
BIO 204 | General Biology II
BIO 224 | Human Anatomy

I will be teaching Anatomy, Physiology, Introductory Biology, and Marine Biology at Pacific University. My teaching style infuses methods of the flipped classroom model with variable teaching methods to reach as many students as possible. I am committed to student success through the development of independent study habits, hard work, and making biology applicable and fun!


PhD in Biological Sciences, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, in 2014
MA in Biological Sciences, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, in 2008
Bachelor of Science, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, in 2006

Research Interests

My research interests have focused on physiological ecology of vertebrates, specifically mammals. For both my masters and PhD work my methods have included molecular analyses (including analyses of stable isotopes and hormones) to understand ecology of vertebrates that was helpful in management of wildlife. My research has broad application to medical, zoological, and wildlife management fields.  I embrace opportunities to mentor student-led research and participate in outreach events to the community.

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Douglas C. Strain Science Center 105 (Forest Grove)
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