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Ryan Hill

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Contact

Phone: 209.946. 3020
Email: rhill@pacific.edu
Website: www1.pacific.edu/~rhill4/

Office Hours

Biological Sciences Center, 223

Education

PhD, Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, 2008

MA, Zoology, University of Texas, Austin, 2003

BS, Biology, University of Oregon, 1997

Curriculum Vitae 

Teaching Philosophy

In my classes at University of the Pacific I strive to give students skills and experience in addition to class content. Students gain hand skills by sampling and collecting data, working with specimens and doing dissections. They gain computer skills analyzing class collected data with Excel and R. Field trips give students outdoor, camping and data collection experience while exposing them to California's landscapes and biodiversity.
I am also working to facilitate student internship opportunities for students to gain experience in biological and environmental projects in the greater Bay Area region. Contact me to find out what opportunities may be currently available.

Research Interests

My research program focuses on evolutionary ecology of butterflies and seeks to understand patterns and processes of biological diversification. I have focused my research
on butterflies because of their rich and well-known natural history and wonderful examples of warning coloration and mimicry, traits shaped by natural selection. My students and I study both immature and adult stages in the lab and field to obtain a holistic perspective on ecology and evolution.
Since arriving at the University of the Pacific I have expanded my research from Neotropical groups (Ithomiinii and Heliconius) to include investigations of mimicry in species of North America, and genetic and ecological work focused on west coast species of conservation concern. These projects are giving my students many research opportunities locally in California and in the Neotropics. We have received funding to work on two different groups: Speyeria butterflies, and limenitidine (Adelpha and Limenitis) butterflies in western North America. Please see my website for more details on these projects.
I welcome inquiries from students interested in pursuing undergraduate or graduate research in my lab.

 

BIOL 175 Ecology
BIOL 051 Principles of Biology
BIOL 171 Methods in Field Biology
BIOL 074 Insect Biology
BIOL 193 Organismal Diversity
BIOL 111 Anatomy and Physiology
BIOL 197 Undergraduate Research