Dr. Jane Horlings
Division of Mathematics, Science and Engineering


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 bioprof@cox.net.

My current 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!

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