Pam Lopez

Pamela T. Lopez

Professor, Biology

503-352-2734

lopezp1@pacificu.edu

UC Box: A121

Office: Strain 206

Education

PhD in Biology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA in 1990.

Bachelor of Science in Biology, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA in 1980.

Teaching Interests

I genuinely enjoy sharing my knowledge with my students, challenging them to think critically and apply their knowledge to novel situations, and teaching them how to locate and critically evaluate biological information on their own.  I am also committed to enhancing all of my students’ understanding and appreciation of the natural world.  Each of my class sessions is rich with interactive Q&A, demonstrations, examples, case studies, photographs and video snippets.  Labs in my upper division courses include field and lab work, observational and experimental investigations that allow students to apply and test their knowledge from lecture, and independent research projects.  In Tropical Rainforest Biology we spend three weeks in Costa Rica during January with a focus on students conducting independent research projects in lowland tropical rainforest.

During my career I have been honored with several teaching awards, including the Oregon Academy of Science Outstanding University Teacher Award (1996) and the Pacific University S.S. Johnson Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching (2005).  I was also nominated for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching U.S. Professors of the Year Program by Pacific University in 1996 and 2001.

Areas of Research & Specialization

My primary research interest is the behavioral ecology of amphibians.  My recent research focuses on amphibians in the Pacific Northwest (PNW), but I have worked extensively with tropical amphibians (and reptiles) in Puerto Rico, Brazil and Costa Rica.  I have also conducted research on the ecological development of mitigated wetlands in the PNW, with my primary focus on vertebrate and aquatic macro invertebrate communities.  My students and I are currently immersed in two research projects:

  • Long-term ecological monitoring of amphibian populations in three forest units at the Mt. Richmond Forest (cover object array transects and time- and area-constrained surveys), Yamhill County, Oregon.
  • Meadow use by Roosevelt elk (Cervus elaphus roosevelti) at Henry Hagg Lake, Washington County, Oregon.

     

Topics that my research students and I have investigated during the past 10 years are shown below.  Some of these projects were conducted as independent research (Biol 495, indicated with an *) by my students. 

  • Kin recognition in Pacific tree frog (Pseudacris regilla) tadpoles.
  • Effects of kinship composition and density on the development, growth, survivorship and aggregation behavior of Pacific tree frog (Pseudacris regilla) tadpoles.
  • Ecological monitoring of the Fernhill Regional Wetlands Mitigation Bank.
  • Skeletochronological analysis of age and mating success in the roughskin newt, Taricha granulosa.
  • *Bromeliad microcosms in Costa Rica: a test of island biogeography theory.
  • *Home range size and habitat preference in the Columbian white-tailed deer.
  • Mating success and female sex pheromones in the roughskin newt, Taricha granulosa.
  • Ecological monitoring of Bronson Creek Wetland.
  • Diet, mating success, and female sex pheromones in the roughskin newt, Taricha granulosa.
  • *Clutch placement and reproductive success in the Northern Red-legged Frog (Rana aurora aurora): A comparison between two wetlands of different ages.
  • Tualatin River Basin biotic survey.
  • *Antipredatory behavior and memory in green frog tadpoles (Rana clamitans).
  • *Effects of UV radiation, water pH and temperature, and light:dark cycle on egg and larvae development in the Pacific treefrog, Pseudacris regilla.
  • *Behavioral endocrinology of rhesus monkeys: the effect of leptin on food intake.
  • *Habitat partitioning by birds in temperate versus tropical forests.
  • *Egg placement and reproductive success in the red-legged frog, Rana aurora.

Published Works and Technical Reports

  • Alkaslassy, E. and P.T. Lopez. 2011. Vegetation Analysis of Mitigated Elk Meadows at Henry Hagg Lake, Washington County, Oregon: Spring 2011.  Submitted to The Bureau of Reclamation and Washington County Parks and Recreation.
  • Alkaslassy, E. and P.T. Lopez. 2010. Use of Mitigated Meadows by Roosevelt Elk (Cervus elaphus roosevelti) at Henry Hagg Lake, Washington County, Oregon, Year #4: October 2009-February 2010: Final Report. Submitted to Washington County Parks and Recreation, and The Bureau of         Reclamation.
  • Alkaslassy, E. and P.T. Lopez. 2009. Use of Mitigated Meadows by Roosevelt Elk (Cervus elaphus roosevelti) at Henry Hagg Lake, Washington County, Oregon, Year #3: October 2008-February 2009: Final Report. Submitted to Washington County Parks and Recreation, and The Bureau of         Reclamation.
  • Alkaslassy, E. and P.T. Lopez. 2008. Use of Mitigated Meadows by Roosevelt Elk (Cervus elaphus roosevelti) at Henry Hagg Lake, Washington County, Oregon, November 2007-February 2008: Final Report. Submitted to Washington County Parks and Recreation, and The Bureau of Reclamation.
  • Alkaslassy, E. and P.T. Lopez. 2007. Use of Mitigated Meadows by Roosevelt Elk (Cervus elaphus roosevelti) at Henry Hagg Lake, Washington County, Oregon, November 2006-February 2007: Final Report. Submitted to Washington County Parks and Recreation, and The Bureau of Reclamation.
  • Stockhouse, R.E , P.T. Lopez, S. Love*, B. Smith* and A. Buccat*. 2005. 2004 Fernhill Wetlands Regional Mitigation Bank Phase One Monitoring Report. Submitted to Clean Water Services, Hillsboro, Oregon.
  • Stockhouse, R.E and P.T. Lopez. 2004. 2003 Fernhill Wetlands Regional Mitigation Bank Phase One Monitoring Report. Submitted to Clean Water Services, Hillsboro, Oregon.
  • Stockhouse, R.E and P.T. Lopez. 2003. 2002 Fernhill Wetlands Regional Mitigation Bank Phase One Monitoring Report. Submitted to Clean Water Services, Hillsboro, Oregon.
  • Stockhouse, R.E., P.T. Lopez, C.T. Burtch*, L.M. Nelson* and A. Heinberger*. 2002. Bronson Creek Wetland Mitigation Site: 2002 Final Report. submitted to the Tri-Met Westside Lightrail Project, Portland, Oregon.
  • Stockhouse, R.E and P.T. Lopez. 2002. 2001 Fernhill Wetlands Regional Mitigation Bank Phase One Monitoring Report. Submitted to Clean Water Services, Hillsboro, Oregon.
  • Stockhouse, R.E., P.T. Lopez. 2001. Bronson Creek Wetland Mitigation Site: 2001 Final Report. submitted to the Tri-Met Westside Lightrail Project, Portland, Oregon.
  • Stockhouse, R.E., P.T. Lopez, H.A. Collis*, R.D. Nelson* and M.P. Seidel*. 2000. Bronson Creek Wetland Mitigation Site: 2000 Final Report. submitted to the Tri-Met Westside Lightrail Project, Portland, Oregon.
  • Stockhouse, R.E., P.T. Lopez, B. Duff*, C. Green*, C. Hartley* and J. Greenberg*. 1998. Bronson Creek Wetland Mitigation Site: 1998 Final Report. Tri-Met.
  • Lopez, P.T. 1996. Mate Selection in the Puerto Rican Frog Eleutherodactylus coqui. In West Indian Herpetofauna, (R. Powell and R.W. Henderson, eds.)
  • Lopez, P.T. and P.M. Narins. 1991. Mate choice in the neotropical frog, Eleutherodactylus coqui. Animal Behaviour. 41: 757-772.
  • Howland, J.M., L. J. Vitt and P.T. Lopez. 1990. Life on the edge: the ecology and life history of the tropidurine iguanid lizard Uranoscodon supercilliosum. Can. J. Zool. 68: 1366-1373.
  • Caldwell, J.P. and P.T. Lopez. 1989. Foam-generating behavior in tadpoles of Leptodactylus mystaceus. Copeia 1989: 498-502.
  • Lopez, P.T., P.M. Narins, E.R. Lewis, and S.W. Moore. 1988. Acoustically-induced call modification in the white-lipped frog, Leptodactylus albilabris. Animal Behavior. 36:1295-1308.

* indicated student author

Professional Affiliations

Animal Behaviour Society

Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles

Society of Wetland Scientists

Oregon Academy of Science

Project Kaleidoscope, Faculty for the 21st Century

Honor & Awards

2001/1996 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching U.S. Professors of the Year Program.

1999-2002 Pacific University Holce Research Professorship.

1996 Pacific University Junior Faculty Award.

1996 Oregon Academy of Science Outstanding University Teaching Award.

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 202 General Biology I

BIOL 304 Research Methods

BIOL 420 Vertebrate Zoology

BIOL 340 Animal Behavior

BIOL 450 Tropical Rainforest Biology

BIOL 385 Junior Seminar

BIOL 490 Senior Capstone Experience