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Deborah A. Roach

Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Biology
Office location and address
047 Gilmer Hall
485 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
B.A., Mount Holyoke College, 1978
Ph.D., Duke University, 1984
AS-BIOL Dissertation Research: The Ecological and Evolutionary Impact of an Invasive Jewelweed on a Native Congener
Source: U.S. NSF - Division of Biological Infrastructure
June 01, 2013 – May 31, 2014
EGMT 1520: Empirical & Scientific Engagement
Credits: 2
In this class students will learn to analyze claims about the material and social worlds through formulation and testing of new questions and hypotheses based on observation and experience.
BIOL 3140: Biology of Aging
Credits: 3
This interdisciplinary course will explore our current knowledge of the biology of aging in populations of plants and animals, including humans. Topics include demographic trends across species; analysis of why organisms age in the context of evolutionary theories; analysis of how organisms age in the context of cellular and physiological theories; and the genetic basis of longevity. Prerequisites: BIOL 2010 and 2020.
BIOL 4135: Biology of Aging
Credits: 3
Aging is an evolutionary paradox because it decreases physiological function and increases the risk of mortality, yet aging persists in most species. We will explore the theories of aging and the diversity of the patterns of aging across species from flies to plants to humans. We will use the primary literature in the fields of evolution, genetics and cell biology to gain a comprehensive understand of the latest advances in this field.
BIOL 8070: Colloquium in Population Biology
Credits: 2
A weekly conference arranged around a current topic. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
BIOL 8082: Advanced Ecology and Evolution 2
Credits: 2
This course introduces grad students to a breadth and depth of concepts and theories in modern ecology and evolutionary biology.. The course is taught by a different BIOL faculty each spring, with different faculty rotating into the course in alternate years, providing expertise in molecular population genetics, genomics, phylogenetics, integrative biology, speciation, microevolution, life-history evolution, and mating systems.
GSCI 8500: Seminar for Life Science Graduate Students
Credits: 1–3
Seminars for graduate students across life science departments that cover integrative research topics, professional skills, and career planning and preparation.
BIOL 8999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
BIOL 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
BIOL 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.