Supervision & Teaching

Graduate Student Supervisory Philosophy:

Although my work has always concentrated on bees, in the past, I have supervised students who worked on beetles (Hume Douglas), butterflies (Jeremy Kerr) or performed vegetation surveys (Pak Kin Chan). I am unlikely to take on any more students who want to study organisms other than bees. It's not that I did not appreciate the efforts of those three, or enjoyed working with them; it's simply that bees are so important, so diverse and the number of different research areas concerning them that we study in my laboratory so large, that there is not enough time or money for me to supervise students working on anything else.

Laurence PackerPeople working in my laboratory soon realize that they have considerable intellectual freedom to pursue whatever aspect of bee biology that interests them (unless their funds come directly from a more narrowly focussed source - the barcoding taxonomists were funded from barcode funds - they had to do barcoding). A drawback of this is that they will rapidly become far more knowledgeable about that area of research than I am and outstrip my capacity to provide entirely knowledgeable advice. A supervisor who took on students to work on only their own narrowly focused research topics (systematics of obscure South American bees, for example) would be far less likely to be in that position and better able to offer advice on a regular basis. However, the benefit that I think students get from working in my laboratory is the diversity of different areas of bee research that they can discuss on a daily basis, at least with each other. Another advantage may be that I often do not appear as a co-author on my student's research papers.

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Laurence PackerTeaching Interests:

Entomology, biodiversity, bees. All have a phylogenetic component.

Course Information:

In 2002 I will be teaching biodiversity in the winter term and part of Bio 1010 in the last 2/3 of the winter term!

  1. SC/BIOL4230 4.0A General Entomology
  2. SC/BIOL4255 3.0M Biodiversity

SC/BIOL4230 4.0A General Entomology:

Description: The distinguishing characteristics, biology and systematics of insects. Three lecture hours, three laboratory hours. One term. Four credits.

Prerequisite: SC/BIOL2030 5.0

Course Director: Dr. L. Packer, Rm 209A LB, Telephone 736-2100 ext. 22663

Text: None

Scheduling: Fall Lectures: M, W, F 10:30 to 11:30 020 FS Laboratory: M, W 14:30 to 17:30 126 LB

Assignments and Grading:

  1. Quick tests: 5%
  2. 1st mid term: 15%
  3. 2nd mid term: 15%
  4. Final Exam: 20%
  5. Insect Collection: 20%
  6. Laboratories: 25%

Please Note: Any of the above mentioned information is subject to change in future years.

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SC/BIOL4255 3.0M Biodiversity:

Description:We do not know the number of species on Earth, even to the nearest order of magnitude. This course discusses the meaning of the term species, the principles and practice of their classification and factors that influence the number of species in an area and the importance of biodiversity to humanity. (Same as ES/ENVS4111 3.0.) Two lecture hours, three laboratory hours. One term. Three credits.

Prerequisite: Completion of 60 credits towards a degree in Biology or Environmental Sciences.

Degree credit exclusions:SC/BIOL4170N 3.0, EN/ENVS4111 3.0, EN/ENVS4800P 3.0, ES/ENVS4111 3.0.

Course Director: Dr. L. Packer, Rm 209A LB, Telephone 736-2100 ext. 22663

Text: TBA.

Scheduling: Fall Lectures: M, W 11:30 to 12:30 020 FS. Laboratory: W, F 14:30 to 17:30 118 LB.

Assignments and Grading: TBA.

Please Note: Any of the above mentioned information is subject to change in future years.

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