Christopher Templeton, PhD

Associate Professor
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Douglas C. Strain Science Center 203B (Forest Grove)
Areas I Teach 

I am interested in the evolution and ecological implications of animal behavior. Research projects are diverse, but tend to focus on avian communication and learning. How do animals obtain, communicate, and use information in their environments to make behavioral decisions? See our lab website for more detailed information, publications, and opportunities for students.

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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 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.  See my lab website for an up-to-date list of upcoming courses.

Biology 200L       Intro Biology:  Flow of Biological Information Lab

Biology 201         Intro Biology: Flow of Biological Information

Biology 201L        Intro Biology: Flow of Biological Information Lab

Biology 166/366   Natural History of the Galapagos & Ecuador

Biology 425          Animal Behavior

Biology 435          Animal Communication

Biology 489          Advanced Research Methods

Biology 495          Research


PhD, University of Washington, Department of Zoology, Seattle, WA in 2009

MS, University of Montana, Organismal and Ecology, Missoula, MT in 2002

BS, Denison, University, Biology Department, Granville, OH in 1999


Templeton and Osbrink

A team led by Pacific University alumna Ali Osbrink ’19 and including Pacific Biology Associate Professor Christopher Templeton is having a paper on songbird cognition published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, a prestigious UK-based scientific journal. 

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Christopher Templeton, a professor in the Pacific University Biology Department, is the lead author of a study published today by the journal Nature Communications.