Julie A. Parlos, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Practice
Phone: 1 (806) 834-8440
Office: Faculty Office Building, Room 220
- Ph.D. Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX (2015)
- M.S. Texas State University - San Marcos (2008)
- Wildlife Ecology
- B.S. University of Louisiana at Lafayette (2004)
- Major: Biology, Minor: Chemistry
My research interests involve the evolutionary relationships of various genera of bats, as well as addressing conservation genetic issues. I test hypotheses generated by morphology and mitochondrial DNA, and evaluate whether concordance is found among nuclear datasets. My future research goals include continuing to understand genetic relationships as well as use genetic data to answer conservation-related questions.
"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."-- Chinese Proverb.
Everyone learns in their own way. One of my favorite things about teaching anatomy is students can both see and touch models, as well as relate anatomical terms to their own body. Anatomy has helped me hone in on different ways of explaining terms so that students have a better understanding of the different structures in the body. Teaching in the laboratory setting, as well as being a student-athlete tutor at Texas Tech, has provided me the opportunity to develop one-on-one relationships with students. In these settings, I can monitor the students' understanding of the material during each session. I enjoy being able to interact with students individually and have been told by my students that they find me very approachable. I believe being approachable is an important quality because it allows for a more relaxed learning environment and improves interaction with students. Every semester that I taught I gauged the student's response to my teaching of a certain topic to determine how to improve it for the next semester of students. I believe it is my job to not only teach the students, but also to teach the students how they learn as not everyone learns the same way. At the same time, the students are constantly teaching me how to be a better teacher.