Hi! I have taught at Saddleback
College since 1990. My collegiate background includes a major in Wildlife
Management at the University of Nebraska, followed by a Ph.D. in 1985 from
the University of California-Davis in Ecology. My graduate work focused on
the growth of algae in Lake Tahoe as a function of various physical
parameters, including nutrient input resulting from development within the
basin, and my research involved sampling algae by SCUBA.
At Saddleback College, I have taught
Introduction to Biology, Human Anatomy, Animal Diversity and Ecology, and
Plant Diversity and Genetics. Currently, I teach Introduction to Biology (Biology
20), Human Anatomy (Biology
11), and Modern Theories of Evolution (Biology
40). My sections of Biology 20 are taught as a hybrid course, with the
lectures online. Biology 40 is an entirely online class, and I have
enjoyed the shift in half of my teaching load to online instruction during
the past 8 years. I am on sabbatical in Spring of '13, and will be
developing a hybrid distance ed
Human Anatomy course, which I will teach in Fall '13 or Spring '14.
I have a simple faculty web page,
and if you want to see my primary course materials (syllabus, etc.), go to: http://www.saddleback.edu/faculty/jhorlings/index.html.
If you have questions, please feel free to email me at email@example.com.
outside interests include gardening, cooking, and travel. During my
2005 sabbatical, my husband and I spent a month in Australia, and we drove
the Great Ocean Road, saw aboriginal art at Jabiru,
dove on the Great Barrier Reef, and visited the Daintree
Rainforest. In the past few years, I have visited areas as varied as
Woodstock Vermont, Cadequez Spain, Avignon France,
and I dove on the island of Saba in the Caribbean. During the summer of
'11, I visited England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland in a month-long trip.
This past February, we returned to Australia for a month, including a
visit to Uluru!
For relaxation close to home, I
cultivate cactus and succulents in an extensive garden at my home, and take
long walks on the beach for exercise.
Most unusual fact about me? There is a beetle named after me found only in
Costa Rica! A few years ago, we went to Costa Rica and saw an amazing
amount of biological diversity, although I can't say I saw "my"
beetle. However, we saw so much, from the lowland rain forest to
the highland cloud forest. Visiting Costa Rica is like an amazing
Biology field trip; we saw green and black poison arrow frogs, toucans,
leaf-cutter ants, and so much more! Recently, I visited Costa Rica for
the second time, and got to see baby turtles hatching on the beach, and
making their way to the ocean-- and we're planning on returning this fall for
a 3rd trip!