Curriculum Vitae
Anna Elizabeth Ross, Ph. D.
Professor of Biology
Christian Brothers University
650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104
Office: (901) 321-3436
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Contents:
  • Education
  • Teaching Experience and Current Courses
  • Honors and Awards
  • Service on CBU Committees
  • Service to Biology Department and Students
  • Web Sites by Dr. Ross
  • Publications
  • Papers Presented
  • Research Employment
  • Other Professional Service
  • Active Professional Society Memberships
  • Summary of Graduate Courses Completed
  • Personal Information

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    Education

    1985. Ph.D., Zoology, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina.  Dissertation: Social Dominance Hierarchies in Captive Groups of White-crowned Sparrows, Zonotrichia leucophrys leucophrys
    Graduate committee: Dr. Sidney A. Gauthreaux, Dr. Carl W. Helms, Dr. David G. Heckel, Dr. Edward B. Pivorun.
    1972-1976. University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia. Graduate committee: Dr. Carl W. Helms, Dr. Eugene P. Odum, Dr. Frank B. Golley, Dr. Robert C. Taylor. Completed course of study for Ph.D. (Institute of Ecology  and Dept. of Zoology) before following major professor to Clemson.
    1972. A.B. (Magna cum Laude), Hope College, Holland, Michigan.  Majors: Biology and Chemistry
    1970 in my dorm room.

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    Teaching Experience

    2006-current. Professor of Biology, Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee. 
    1992-2006. Associate Professor of Biology, Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee. Promoted to Associate Professor Fall 1992. Tenured 1993.
    1987-1992. Assistant Professor of Biology, Christian Brothers University.
    Courses currently taught at CBU:
    At CBU, science faculty teach 12 credit hours per semester (~15 contact hours).
    Courses formerly taught at CBU:
    • Evolution (Biol 256, now Biol 346): elective, lecture only; currently taught by Dr. James Moore.
    • Endocrinology (Biol 416): elective, lecture only (Fall 1989, 1990; Spring 1994).  No longer offered at CBU.
    • Basic Anatomy and Physiology I (Biol 157): lecture; for associate degree students in Respiratory Therapy program; program discontinued by CBU (Fall 1987).
    Previous Teaching Experience:
    • 1986-1987. Assistant Professor of Biology, College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, New York. [One year sabbatical replacement.]

    • Courses taught:
      • Zoology: freshman majors, lecture and lab (Fall 1986).
      • Vertebrate Biology: majors, lecture and lab (Fall 1986).
      • Seminar in Biological Research: designed and supervised student research projects (Fall 1986 through Spring 1987).
      • Tropical Ecology: majors, intensive field biology in Costa Rica (intersession 1986-87, with Dr. C. Lumer).
      • Human Ecology: non-majors (Spring 1987).
      • Developmental Biology: majors, lecture and lab (Spring 1987).
      • Anatomy and Physiology: pre-nursing students, lab (Spring 1987).
    • 1984-1986. Instructor (Assistant Director, Biology Program Learning Resources Center), Clemson University. Supervised the Personalized Assistance Laboratory. Coordinated and conducted tutorial sessions for students in General Biology, designed study programs using audiovisual aids (Videotape, slide/tape, and computer).
    • 1983-1984. Instructor, Biology Program, Clemson University. General Biology Laboratory (Fall 1983, Spring 1984).
    • 1977-1984. Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Biological Sciences (formerly Dept. of Zoology), Clemson University. In addition to teaching labs, my responsibilities included: writing and presenting lectures, writing lab exercises, assisting in the revision of course syllabi and lectures, preparing lecture exams, grading lecture and lab exams, compiling reading lists.
      • Ornithology (Spring 1984 with Dr. S. Gauthreaux; Spring 1981 with Dr. C. Helms).
      • Animal Behavior (Fall 1981, 1978 with Dr. S. Gauthreaux).
      • Vertebrate Zoology (Spring 1980, 1978, Fall 1977 with Dr. C. Helms, Dr. E. Pivorun).
      • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (Spring 1977-1980 with Dr. E. Pivorun, Dr. R. Montanucci).
      • Human Anatomy, Head Teaching Assistant: coordinated six sections; supervised five Graduate Teaching Assistants (1980).
      • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II (Fall 1979, Spring 1979, 1977 with Dr. R. Hays, Dr. A. 'Hap' Wheeler).
      • Tutor, Department of Zoology, Clemson University. Conducted study sessions for students in General Biology (Summer 1979, Fall 1977).
    • 1975-1976. Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Zoology, University of Georgia. Vertebrate Zoology, Head Teaching Assistant (Spring 1976, Fall 1975). Introductory Biology (Winter 1976, Fall 1975).
    • 1968-1972. Undergraduate Teaching and Laboratory Assistant, Chemistry Department, Hope College. NSF Summer Institute for High School Chemistry Teachers. Undergraduate Laboratory Assistant (General and Physical Chemistry) and Technician (NMR Spectrophotometer), Chemistry Department, Hope College. Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Biology Department, Hope College. Introductory Biology.

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    Honors and Awards
    • Dr. Marguerite Cooper Distinguished Professor Award for 2011-12 and 1991-1992. This award was established in 1988 to honor excellence in teaching in the School of Sciences at Christian Brothers University.  In 1991, I was the third recipient and received this award after only four years at CBU and while still an Assistant Professor.
    • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 1982, Clemson University.
    • Sigma Xi, Elected Associate Member, 1977, Clemson University.
    • Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, 1970, Full Member Alpha Eta Chapter, Hope College.
    • Phi Beta Kappa, 1972, Zeta Chapter, Hope College.

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    Service on CBU Committees
    • CBUs Faculty Assembly webpage (created and continuallt update), 2007-current.
    • CBU Strategic Planning Committee, Jan 2010-Dec 2011; Fall 2002-, re-appointed Fall 2004 (served until the committee was reconfigured in 2005); 2002-03.
    • CBU Faculty Assembly Vice President, 1992-93.
    • CBU Faculty Assembly Secretary, 1990-91; re-elected 1991-92.
    • CBU Planning Council 1990-97.
    • CBU Catalog Committee, 1992-97.
    • CBU Task Force for Program Review, 1990-91, 1991-92.
    • CBU Self Study for SACS, Educational Programs Committee, 1988-89.
    • CBU Self Study for SACS, Catalog Committee, 1988.
    • CBU Faculty Policy Committee, 1988-89.

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    Service to Biology Department and Students
    • CBU Biology Department Webmaster:  1999-present.
    • Academic Advisor: All biology faculty members serve as advisors to biology majors (freshmen through seniors).  I usually have about 15 advisees each year.
    • Beta Beta Beta  National Biological Honor Society, Mu Tau Chapter, Christian Brothers University: Faculty Advisor, 1988-Spring 1995. (1986-1987, Faculty Advisor to the Theta Epsilon Chapter BBB, College of New Rochelle.)
    Some of the CBU Biology Web Sites by Dr. Ross:
    Index of CBU Biology web pages by AER CBU Biology Majors' Essentials:
  • CBU Teaching Conference 15 Aug 2002
  • CBU Biology Department
  • CBU Teaching Conference 17 Aug 2000
  • CBU Biology News & Events
  • Professors Emeriti Party Apr. 2002
  • Scenes from Biology Labs
  • President's reception for accepted students, 2010
  • CBU Research Poster Session April 2012
  • CBU Biology Careers Information
  • CBU Faculty/Staff Talent Show April 2009
  • Graduation 2010
  • CBU Biology Courses: Catalog Descriptions
  • Beta Beta Beta Induction Feb 2009
  • CBU Biology Course Syllabi 
  • SOS Charity Volleyball 2012
  • CBU Biology Paradigms
  • TAS 2012
  • CBU Biology Fun Photos Index 
  • Dr. Ross's Galapagos Photos 

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    Publications
    • 1991. Animal Behavior: Mechanisms, Ecology, and Evolution. ISBN: 0-697-12132-1. Instructor's Manual to accompany the third edition of the text Animal Behavior by Lee Drickamer and Stephen Vessey. Wm. C. Brown Publishers.
    • 1985. Social Dominance Hierarchies in Captive Groups of White-crowned Sparrows, Zonotrichia leucophrys leucophrys. Dissertation abstracts.
    • 1983. Hamel, Paul B., Jeffery L. Beacham, and Anna E. Ross. A laboratory study of cranial pneumatization in Indigo Buntings. Journal of Field Ornithology 54(1): 58-66.
    • 1983. Behavioral dominance in White-crowned Sparrows, Zonotrichia l. leucophrys. American Zoologist 23(4): 897.
    • 1982. Behavioral dominance in White-crowned Sparrows, Zonotrichia l. leucophrys. American Zoologist 22(4): 973.


    This is one of the male Indigo Buntings from my work on social dominance.
    Notice the colored leg bands.


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    Research Employment
    • 1981-1984. Graduate Research Assistant to Dr. S. A. Gauthreaux. Modified and implemented computer programs for analysis of radar and image intensifier data on the direction and altitude of bird migration.
    • 1972-1975. Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Zoology, University of Georgia (awarded graduate non-teaching assistantships). Responsible for data collection and animal care for projects on controls of fat deposition and nocturnal activity in White-crowned Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos (assisting Dr. C. W. Helms).
    • 1971-1972. Undergraduate Research Assistant, NSF Undergraduate Research Participation Program, Department of Biology, Hope College (awarded summer stipends). Project: the role of thyroxin in the diurnal rhythm of fattening response to prolactin in the lizard, Anolis carolinensis (Dr. J. Dusseau, Principal Investigator).

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    Other Professional Service

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    Summary of Graduate Courses Completed
    • Courses completed at Clemson University (GPA = 4.0):
      • Reproductive Strategies (Zool 812, Fall 1978, Dr. J. Wourms)
      • Physiology of Desert Adaptations (Zool 812, Spring 1978, Dr. E. Pivorun)
      • College Teaching (Zool 812, Spring 1979, Dr. C. Helms, et al.)

      • Courses audited at Clemson University:
      • Philosophy of Science (Fall 1977, J. Waide et al.)
      • Sociobiology (Spring 1978, Dr. S. Gauthreaux)
      • Behavioral Ecology (Fall 1978, Fall 1980, Spring 1983, Dr. S. Gauthreaux, I served as volunteer Teaching Assistant in 1980 and 1983)
      • Population Dynamics (Fall 1978, Dr. R. Taylor)
      • Evolutionary Genetics (Spring 1979, Dr. D. Yardley)
      • The Concept of the Balance of Nature in Ecology (Fall 1979, J. Waide)
      • Ecological Genetics (Spring 1980, Dr. D. Heckel)
      • Advanced Ornithology (Spring 1980, Dr. S. Gauthreaux)
    • Courses completed at the University of Georgia (75 quarter hrs. @ 5 hrs. per course; GPA = 3.92)
      • Ecology: Community Ecology (Bot 677), Physiological Ecology (Zoo 854), Population Ecology (Zoo 855), Systems Ecology I and Systems Ecology II (Zoo 858 and Zoo 859).
      • Physiology: Animal Physiology (Zoo 623), Vertebrate Physiology (Zoo 624), Advanced Physiology (Zoo 821).
      • Animal Behavior: Special Problems--Comparative Psychology (Psy 900), Physiological Psychology (Psy 839D), Problems in Zoology--Sociobiology (Zoo 900).
      • Statistics: Statistical Methods II (Sta 622), Programming Electronic Computers (Sta 700).

      • Courses audited at the University of Georgia:
      • Mammalogy (Zoo 603)
      • Insect Ecology (Ent 650)
      • Ecological Energetics (Zoo 800)
      • Biological Foundations of Behavior (Psy 691)
      • Primate Social Organizations--Comparative Psychology (Psy 839B)
      • Ecosystem Theory of H. T. Odum (Fall 1976 seminar, Drs. Golley and Dickinson)
    • Courses completed at other universities:
      • N. W. Ecology (Zoo 507, 2 semester hours, Oregon State University, Summer 1975, Dr. J. Weins; Grade = A)
      • Avifauna of the Gulf Region (Bio 709, 1 semester hour, Tulane University; Grade = A)

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    Personal Information
     

    I was born in Pittsburgh PA.  My Dad was finishing his Masters in Biology (in the then-brand-new field of Ecology) and my Mom was an RN.  The family moved to Atlanta GA where Dad worked for a publishing company. He started out selling and developing biology, medical, and nursing books. By the way, Dad was the publisher who worked with Gene Odum when Dr. Odum was writing his first ecology text. (Years later I took some graduate courses from Dr. Odum.)

    My Mom retired her nursing cap when I came along then my brother Bill was born in 1954.  She kept the home organized and developed her interests in wildflowers, bird watching, and gardening.  On summer vacations we visited Granddad in Phillippi WV and mom's mom in Buckhanon WV. 

    Dad's publishing career put him in NYC so the family moved to NJ for a year then to Nassau Co. Long Island NY (where I completed grade school and high school). Dad served as President of the Nature Conservancy. The "bedroom suburb" life has limitations for biologists. So, the family escaped to a rustic cabin for weekends and for longer stays in the summer. This was at Lost Lake in Putnam Co. NY (no motor boats allowed).  We loved "roughing it for fun"--we had electricity and running water (cold) and an outhouse. My brother became an expert with a fishing rod and rowboat. 

    I went to college in Holland MI, graduate school in Athens GA and then Clemson SC.  Mom & Dad moved to the Poconos (Stroudsburg PA) when Dad started a new publishing company. Mom still lives in this house.  Across the road there's a stream (stocked with trout) where Canada geese nest and there's an undeveloped ridge where turkeys, etc. thrive. Mom has a bit of trouble with deer munching her garden and the occasional bear who decides to eat the bird feed. 

    Meanwhile, my brother went to college in Holland MI (yes, Hope College-and he was a biology major too).  Bill later moved to Stroudsburg (after a bit of graduate school in wildlife biology) and started a chimney sweep business.  Dad retired and Mom and Dad were able to travel more extensively (Costa Rica, Kenya, Portugal, Guatemala). Dad had cancer of the esophagus and died several years ago. 

    Mom passed away in 2011.  She enjoyed gardening, birdwatching, and cooking (including the game Bill contributes).  She looked after a couple of her elderly friends in town, kept Bill's freezer stocked, and she loved to experiment with everything from ethnic cuisines to good old fashioned home cooking.  Bill lives on several acres of land up on a mountain in a fixer-upper house he's rebuilding.  He has remodelled the second floor and has added huge covered porches to the house.  Indoors he has a collection of artwork with a wildlife theme and taxidermic mounts of bear, elk, and deer.  He is active in his local hunting club and takes hunting trips to Montana, Canada, and Maine.  He has deer feeders in his back yard and enjoys competitive shooting. 

    My brother Bill: 
    He's a chimney sweep and an outdoorsman.  He really knows about wildlife biology. 

    (Dec. 1981-now he has a cool beard.) 
    I took the summer off before Sophomore year of college:

    Lost Lake NY in 1969. 
    In graduate school:

    Clemson SC in 1983.
    A few photos I took in the Galapagos:
    Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii)

    Can you tell which is the male and which the female?
    I took the photo on Isla Espanola (Hood Is.), Galapagos, Ecuador 30 Nov. 1980.
    Red-footed Booby (Sula sula)

    Yes, they nest in the bushes. Quite a scene as they maneuver with those webbed feet!
    I took the photo on Isla Genovesa (Tower Is.), Galapagos, Ecuador 27 Nov. 1980.
    Waved Albatross (Diomedea irrorata)

    These birds are so big they have to head into the wind 
    (or jump off a nearby cliff) to take flight.
    I took the photo on Isla Espanola (Hood Is.), Galapagos, Ecuador 30 Nov. 1980.
    Here's a link to my Galapagos photos web page.

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    Links Related to my Hobbies (including biology):

    Birdwatching and Ornithology. Pet cat. Gardening.
    Cool Biology sites.
    References Histology sites.

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    Dr. Anna E. Ross, Professor of Biology
    Biology Department
    Christian Brothers University
    650 East Parkway South 
    Memphis, TN 38104 
    Office phone: (901) 321-3436
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    Home address:
    Bartlett, TN 38135

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