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Randi Darling, Ph.D.

randi darling

Associate Professor
rdarling@westfield.ma.edu
225A Wilson Hall
413-572-5674 office
413-572-8109 fax

Education

B.S., Cornell University
M.S., University of California San Diego
Ph.D., Dartmouth College
Joined Westfield State University in 1996

Specialization

Ecology
Animal Behavior
Conservation Biology

Teaching

Philosophy: I enjoy teaching immensely and consider teaching to be the most important and stimulating component of an academic career. My central professional goal is to teach challenging, enthusiastic and accessible biology courses in an environment that is both supportive and encouraging to students. I feel that it is important for students to gain an understanding and appreciation of important biological concepts and to develop the critical thinking skills necessary to evaluate current biological issues and environmental problems.

Courses that Dr. Darling teaches:

BIOL 102: Environmental Biology
BIOL 201: General Ecology
BIOL 202: Conservation Biology
BIOL 280-289: Biology Seminar
BIOL 334: Animal Behavior
BIOL 377: Animal Behavior Research Experience
BIOL 388: Biology Internship
BIOL 399: Independent Studies

Past Student Research  Projects  

  • The Effect of Temperature on Larval Growth in the Painted Lady Butterfly
  • Harvester Ant Foraging Preferences
  • Behavioral Responses of Crayfish to Ethyl Alcohol in Different Social Groups
  • Behavioral Differences of Black and Gray Morphs of S. carolinensis (Eastern Gray Squirrel)
  • A Comparative Study of Sexual Dimorphism and Body Morphology on the Foraging Habits of Wolf Spiders
  • The Influence of Density on Pupation of  Superworms (Zophobas morio)
  • Substrate Preference in Terrestrial Hermit Crabs (Coenobita clypeatus)
  • Dispersion of Whirligig Beetles Based on Food Availability
  • Is Aggression in Hermit Crabs Correlated with Crab Density?
  • Aggression in Coenobita clypeatus (terrestrial Hermit Crabs) due to Competition for Space  
  • Shelter Preferences in the Land Hermit Crab, Coenobita clypeatus
  • Male-Male Competition in Fiddler Crabs
  • Do Harvester Ants use Pheromone Trails in order to Find Food?
  • Social Groupings of Cruzan Mongoose While Foraging: A Comparative Analysis of Mongoose Foraging Behaviors
  • Foraging Behavior of White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
  • The Effect of Mint Aversion on the Foraging Behavior of Harvester Ants
  • Ability to Detect the Optimal Path to Food Source in the Red Harvester Ant
  • The Effect of Water Temperature on Foraging Behavior of Ghost Shrimp