Assistant Professor, Biology
UC Box: A121
Office: Strain 122D
PhD in Biology, Portland State University, Portland, OR in 2013.
MA in Biological Anthropology, Portland State University, Portland, OR in 2007.
Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Psychology, University of Rhode Island, in 2004.
Julia Ruppell, PhD in Biology (2013) at Portland State University was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research in Laos during 2011-2012. Julia’s project focuses on the ecology and behavior of a little known and understudied ape, the white-cheeked crested gibbon. Crested gibbons are among the world’s most endangered mammals. The project involved engaging with communities and students in Laos, a region of high conservation priority due to its large number of endemic and endangered species. In addition to being a Fulbright fellow, Julia also received the Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship for her leadership work in Laos.
Julia graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Anthropology and Psychology. After graduation, she decided to go backpacking in Thailand and Cambodia. She became fascinated with the cultural and biological diversity of the area. She soon went back and worked at a wildlife sanctuary for gibbons and other wildlife in Thailand where she had her first experience with gibbon research. She also learned some of the language and became acquainted with the issues of biodiversity conservation in the area. In 2005 she began her graduate course work in Anthropology at Portland State University. For her Master’s thesis she studied the vocal diversity, taxonomy, and conservation status of crested gibbons in Vietnam. While she worked in Vietnam she realized that conservation could not work without a strong effort to reach out and connect with the people who live in biodiversity hotspots.
After Julia graduated with her Master’s degree, she began the Ph.D. program in Biology at Portland State University. In addition to her work in Laos, she has worked with the Oregon Zoo on environmental enrichment for captive gibbons. The Oregon Zoo also funds her gibbon research in Laos through future for wildlife grants. Julia’s research has also been funded by Conservation International, The International Primatological Society, The Northwest Primatological Society, and Primate Conservation Inc. Julia taught Anatomy and Physiology at Portland Community College and as an adjunct in the Anthropology department at Portland State University before coming to Pacific University.
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 224 Human Anatomy
Biol 360 Primatology
Biol 444 Evolution