Courses Taught by Dr. Patrick at Texas A&M, Corpus Christi
- BIOL 4590 Biostatistics
This is a new course offering for undergraduate biology majors. The emphasis of the class is to give students the skills and tools to think through basic experimental design, perform analyses, and interpret results. The course is divided into 3 sections. In section one, we revisit probability and distributions, review deterministic model forms used in statistical modeling, talk about causality, and learn to use the programming language R. In section two, we cover linear models starting with simple linear regression, the multiple linear regression, and moving through a selection of more advanced themes including trouble shooting, transformations, generalized linear modeling and logistic regression. In section three, we conclude by exploring different types tests for categorical situations (t-test, ANOVA, ANCOVA, Chi-Square) and bringing together the different themes into a philosophy of data analysis and interpretation. The emphasis of the course is on concept, synthesis, and tools rather than rote memorization. Students will be expected to answer integrative questions on exams covering new situations they have not seen before by applying principles and concepts covered in lectures.
- BIOL 5409 Field and Sampling Techniques - MarineGEO
This four week course is offered in Summer I and covers the basics of marine and estuarine field and laboratory research. Built around MarineGEO, a global research program managed by the Smithsonian Institutions, students will learn to conduct a marine ecology field campaign, collect and preserve a suite of sample types, process the samples in the laboratory, and organize and analyze the data in small groups. Fieldwork is conducted from boats and in wadeable areas of Oso Bay, the Mission Aransas NERR, and the Laguna Madre near the TAMUCC Field Station. Sampling procedures covered includes benthic cores, seagrass sampling (quadrats, epifauna, shoot density, fouling load), oyster habitat assessment, nekton sampling (seining, throw traps, otter trawl), water chemistry, and measuring ecosystem processes including predation rates and colonization rates. All of the data collected will be QA/QC’d and contributed to the Smithsonian Tenembaum Marine Observatory Network’s global marine biodiversity database.