Ed Alkaslassy

Ed Alkaslassy

Assistant Professor, Biology

503-352-2967

alkaslae@pacificu.edu

UC Box: A121

Office: Strain 306

Education

Bachelor of Science in Biology with emphasis in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution, University of California, Los Angeles, CA in 1989.

Master of Arts in Teaching, Austin College, Sherman, TX in 1992.

Published Works

  • Alkalassy, E. 2009. How often do students working in two-person teams report that work was shared equitably.
  • Alkaslassy, E. 2005. Abundance of Plethodontid Salamanders in Relation to Coarse Woody Debris in a Low Elevation Mixed Forest of the Western Cascades. Northwest Science. 79(2 & 3): 156-163.
  • Alkaslassy, E. and O'Day, T. 2002. Linking art and science with a drawing class. Bioscene, 28(2): 7-14.
  • Alkaslassy, E. 1996. The scientific method and microscope use. Biology Education Review. 2(2).
  • Greenfield, M.D., E. Alkaslassy, G. Wang and T.E. Shelly. 1989. Long-term memory in territorial grasshoppers. Experientia. 45:775-777.

Technical Reports

  • Alkaslassy, E. and Lopez, P.  2011.  Vegetation analysis of mitigated elk meadows

    at Henry Hagg Lake, Washington County, Oregon: Spring 2011.  A report prepared for Washington County Parks and Recreation and the Bureau of Reclamation.  19 p.

  • Alkaslassy, E. and Lopez, P.  2010. Use of mitigated meadows by Roosevelt Elk (Cervus

    elaphus roosevelti) at Henry Hagg Lake, Washington County, Oregon, Year #4: October 2009 – February 2010.  A report prepared for Washington County Parks and Recreation and the Bureau of Reclamation.  25 p.

  • Alkaslassy, E. and Lopez, P.  2009. Use of mitigated meadows by Roosevelt Elk (Cervus elaphus roosevelti) at Henry Hagg Lake, Washington County, Oregon, Year #3: October 2008 – February 2009.  A report prepared for Washington County Parks and Recreation and the Bureau of Reclamation.  21 p.

  • Alkaslassy, E. and Lopez, P.  2008. Use of mitigated meadows by Roosevelt Elk (Cervus elaphus roosevelti) at Henry Hagg Lake, Washington County, Oregon, Year #2: October 2007 – February 2008.  A report prepared for Washington County Parks and Recreation and the Bureau of Reclamation.  11 p.

  • Alkaslassy, E. and Lopez, P.  2007. Use of mitigated meadows by Roosevelt Elk (Cervuselaphus roosevelti) at Henry Hagg Lake, Washington County, Oregon, November 2006 -  February 2007.  A report prepared for Washington County Parks and Recreation and the Bureau of Reclamation.  11 p.
  • Alkalassy, E.  2001.  A survey of the amphibians of Bradley Bog and Gearhart Bog.  A report prepared for the Oregon Chapter of the Nature Conservancy.  28 p.
  • Alkaslassy, E.  2001.  Forest structure and salamander populations of old-growth (BLM) and mature (Partridge tract) forest in the Sandy River Gorge of Multnomah County, Oregon.  A report prepared for the Oregon Chapter of the Nature Conservancy.  39 p.

Faculty Advisor to Student Research Projects

  • Member of Leah Boris's (Class of 2005) Honors Committee. She studied
    factors affecting rate of development of frog eggs.
  • Member of Kristina Cadaos's (Class of 2004) Honors Committee.  She studied factors affecting the ability of sea urchin sperm to locate and fertilize eggs.
  • Does the use of the herbicide 2,4-D to control broad-leafed plants affect utilization of clearcuts by Blacktail Deer (Odocoileus hemionus)?  By Geoff Jarman, presented at the 2000 Oregon Academy Of Sciences meeting.

Presentations at Professsional Conferences

(* denotes undergraduate coauthor)

  • Alkaslassy, E. and Lopez, P.  2009. Use of mitigated meadows by Roosevelt Elk (Cervus elaphus roosevelti) at Henry Hagg Lake, Washington County, Oregon, Year #3: October 2008 – February 2009.  A report prepared for Washington County Parks and Recreation and the Bureau of Reclamation.  21 p.

  • Alkaslassy, E. and Lopez, P.  2011.  Use of mitigated meadows by resident Roosevelt Elk (Cervus elaphus roosevelti) at Hagg Lake, Washington County, Oregon:  Four years of consistent patterns.  Poster presented at joint meeting of The Wilderness Society and Northwestern Vertebrate Biology Society, Gig Harbor, WA.

  • *Garcia, M., *Lee, J., *Massey, A., *Racaza, R., *Seiffert, R., Alkaslassy, E., and Lopez,

     P.  2010.  Use of mitigated meadows by resident elk (Cervus elaphus roosevelti) at Hagg Lake, Washington County, Oregon: Data from 2006-2010.  Poster presented at the Oregon Academy of Sciences, Portland State University, Portland, OR.

  • Alkaslassy, E.,  Lopez, P., *Casio, C, *Garcia, M., *Guira, B, *Lee, J. and *Rietmann, S2009.  How do patterns of meadow use by resident elk (Cervus elaphus roosevelti) at Hagg Lake vary over time?  A comparison of 2006/7, 2007/8 and 2008/9.  Poster presented at the Oregon Academy of Sciences, W. OR University, Monmouth, OR.
  • *Cadiente, S., *Casio, C., *Caswell, C., *Rau, S., *Spangler, K., *Taylor, D., Alkaslassy, E., and Lopez, P.  2008.  How do patterns of meadow use by resident elk (Cervus elaphus roosevelti) at Hagg Lake vary over time?  A comparison of 2006/7 to 2007/8.  Poster presented at the Oregon Academy of Sciences, Portland State University, Portland, OR.

  • Alkaslassy, E., Lopez, P,  *Horner, E., * Kojima, A., and * Pittman, A.  2007.  Patterns of meadow use by resident elk (Cervus elaphus rooosevelti) at Henry Hagg Lake, Oregon.  Poster at the Oregon Academy of Sciences, W. OR University, Monmouth, OR.

  • *Smith, Brian , P. T. Lopez, and E. Alkaslassy. 2005. The influence of mobility on head-nodding behavior in common Basilisks Basiliscus basiliscus. Poster at the Animal Behavior Society Meeting, Snowbird, Utah.
  • How often do students working on group projects report that work was shared equitably? 2003.  Oregon Academy of Science, Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon.
  • Forest structure and salamander populations of old-growth and mature low elevation forest in the Sandy River Gorge of the western Cascades.  2002.  Oregon Academy of Sciences, Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon.
  • Can a drawing class improve the observational skills of Biology students?  2002.  Oregon Academy of Sciences, Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon.  Co-presented with Terry O'Day, Art. Dept.
  • Motivating first-year biology students to use microscopes and the scientific method.  1997. Mini-workshop presented at the 19th annual Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE), University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Professional Affiliations

NorthWest Scientific Association

National Science Teachers' Association (NSTA)

Association of College and University Biology Educators (ACUBE)

Association of Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE)

Oregon Academy of Science (OAS)

Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS)

Grants, Honors & Awards

Proposal to Monitor the Use of Meadows by Roosevelt Elk (Cervus elaphus roosevelti) at Scoggins Valley Park – Henry Hagg Lake, Oregon, Year #5: 2012-2013. (Dr. Pam  Lopez, Co-PI.)  Submitted May 2012 to Bureau of Reclamation and Washington County Parks.  Funded: $10,379.85

Proposal to Monitor Vegetation in the Mitigated Elk Meadows at Scoggins Valley Park, Henry Hagg Lake, Washington County, OR.  (Dr Pam Lopez, co-PI.)  Submitted March 2011 to Bureau of Reclamation and Washington County Parks and Recreation.  Funded: $1,950.00.

Proposal to Monitor the Use of Meadows by Roosevelt Elk (Cervus elaphus roosevelti) at Scoggins Valley Park – Henry Hagg Lake, Oregon, Year #4: 2009-2010. (Dr. Pam  Lopez, Co-PI.)  Submitted September 2009 to Bureau of Reclamation and Washington County Parks.  Funded:  $9,557.

Proposal to Monitor the Use of Meadows by Roosevelt Elk (Cervus elaphus roosevelti) at Scoggins Valley Park – Henry Hagg Lake, Oregon, Year #3: 2008-2009. (Dr. Pam  Lopez, Co-PI.)  Submitted September 2008 to Bureau of Reclamation and Washington County Parks.  Funded:  $7,437.56.

Proposal to Monitor the Use of Meadows by Roosevelt Elk (Cervus elaphus roosevelti) at Scoggins Valley Park – Henry Hagg Lake, Oregon, Year #2: 2007-2008. (Dr. Pam  Lopez, Co-PI.)  Submitted August 2007 to Bureau of Reclamation and Washington County Parks.  Funded: $7,602.92.

             

Proposal to Monitor the Use of Meadows by Roosevelt Elk (Cervus elaphus roosevelti) at Scoggins Valley Park – Henry Hagg Lake, Oregon. (Dr. Pam  Lopez, Co-PI.)  Submitted Fall 2005 to Bureau of Reclamation and Washington County Parks.  Funded: $6,350.

Hewlett Foundation Fellowship, 2002, Pacific University, with Terry O’Day (Art Dept.), to develop a drawing course that complemented and was to be taken simultaneously with General Biology 1.  Funded: $17,500.

Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 2002.

President’s Undergraduate Fellowship, 1988, UCLA.

Chancellor’s Fellowship, 1983, UCLA.

 

Course Information

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 opportunites 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. You can use the links to the left to read descriptions of the courses listed below.

BIOL 110 Human Biology

BIOL 105 Biology is Life

BIOL 202 General Biology I

BIOL 224 Human Anatomy

BIOL 304 Experimental Design, Analysis and Writing

BIOL 450 Tropical Rainforest Biology