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 224 | Human Anatomy
BIO 240 | Human Physiology
BIO 360 | Primatology
BIO 360 | Primate Behavior
BIO 420 | Vertebrate Zoology
BIO 444 | Evolution
PhD in Biology, Portland State University, Portland, Ore., in 2013
MA in Biological Anthropology, Portland State University, Portland, Ore., in 2007
Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Psychology, University of Rhode Island, in 2004
My research has four components, bioacoustics, conservation, ecology and behavior, and behavioral studies of and enrichment for animals in captivity.
IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group: Laos
Wildlife Conservation Society
Wildlife Society Oregon Chapter
Oregon Zoo Research Associate
Gibbon Research Laboratory
American Society of Primatology
International Primatological Society
International Primate Protection League (IPPL)
Honors and Awards
Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship (Sylff), 2012-2013
Fulbright Scholar 2011-2012, Laos
Kawase Scholarship for International Education, 2011-2012
Graduate Laurels Scholarship, 2011-2012, 2012-2013
Marie Brown Travel Award, Portland State University, 2011
Best Student Presentation, Wildlife Society Conference, 2011
Thomas M. Newman Scholarship, Portland State University Anthropology Department, 2006
B.A. Cum Laude, University of Rhode Island, 2004
Rawson, B. and Ruppell. J. 2012. Northern White-cheeked crested gibbons. Nomascus leucogenys. In: All the World’s Primates. Eds. Noel Rowe and Marc Myers.
Rawson, B. and Ruppell. J. 2012. Southern White-cheeked crested gibbons. Nomascus siki. In: All the World’s Primates. Eds. Noel Rowe and Marc Myers.
McPherson Smith, C. and Ruppell, J. 2011 What Anthropologists should know about the New Evolutionary Synthesis. Structure and Dynamics: eJournal of Anthropological and Related Sciences
Ruppell, J. 2009. Vocal diversity and taxonomy of Nomascus in central Vietnam and southern Laos. International Journal of Primatology 31:1, 73-94.
Ruppell, J. 2008. The gibbons of Pu Mat National Park, Vietnam. Gibbon Journal 4.
Ruppell, J.2007. The gibbons of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam. Gibbon Journal 3.
Ruppell. J. 2007. Environmental Enrichment for captive animals: A playback experiment involving captive gibbons at the Oregon Zoo. The Gibbon’s Voice newsletter of the Gibbon Conservation Center.
Bioacoustics as a tool for population structure, Acoustical Society of America, May, 2014
Ecology of Crested Gibbons, Wildlife Society, Hot Topics Session, February 2013
Animal Behavior course at Portland State University, February 2013
Portland Community College, November 2012
Fulbright scholars Southeast Asia Conference, Hanoi, March 2012
United States Embassy, Vientiane, March 2012
National University of Laos, January 2012
Wildlife Conservation Society, Laos, November 2011
Wildlife Society, February 2011
Conservation and Research in Laos, Oregon Zoo, January 2010
National University of Laos, April 2009
Crested gibbon taxonomy, ecology, and behavior,
Research Symposium at Portland State University, November 2009
Poster at Portland State University Biology Alumni Event, October 2008
Oregon Zoo, May 2008
Flora and Fauna International, Hanoi, 2007
Environmental Enrichment for Gibbons
Vocal diversity and taxonomy of Nomascus
Poster Evolutionary Biologists of the Pacific Northwest conference, March 2008
Poster at Portland State University Biology Alumni Event, October 2007
Oregon Zoo, A.P.E. lecture series, May 2007