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Sherman Elizabeth Sherman, Ph.D.     
                 Professor of Biology                            


I am interested in how animals work. I teach courses in animal behavior, animal physiology, neurobiology, and human evolution.

For many years, I studied amphibian physiological ecology. But about 15 years ago I learned to scuba dive and I became very interested in coral reef biology.

My research is devoted to the study of physiological and behavioral ecology of animals with particular emphasis on the responses of animals to environmental stresses.

Any insights that we can gain into the ecological requirements of a species benefit us all. Perhaps the insights seem small, but we may not be able to anticipate how those insights will come to form a crucial piece of the biodiversity puzzle in the future.

Frequently, I run a Coral Reef Biology Course that is held in the Caribbean island of Grand Cayman.  Students learn to scuba dive and participate in on-going research on coral reef fish diversity.  See video from recent course.

  students doing surveys  

    Alternative Facts: the Undoing of Science in America
    Adaptation or Extinction
    The Ocean Project a design lab with sculptor Jon Isherwood
    Evolution in America
    How Do Animals Work?
    Comparative Animal Physiology
    Animal Social Behavior
    Women and Men: the Biology of the Sexes
    Sensory Worlds of Animals
    Neurons, Networks, and Behavior: Advances in Neurophysiology
    Field Course in Coral Reef Biology   Jan. 4-11 2020   SEE ME FOR MORE INFO
    Science and Anti-science in America: Belief and Knowing
    Diversity of Coral Reef Animals
    Human Nature (with social psychologist Ron Cohen)
    Environmental Physiology of Animals
    No Free Lunch: the Second Law of Thermodynamics


Will sea urchins adapt to global climate change

Newt evolution and the chemistry of ponds
Fungal-like infections in newts

       Tree of life
       Integrated Taxonomic Information System
       Betsy's animal diversity ppt
       University of Michigan Museum of Zoology
       University of California Museum of Paleontology


Union of Concerned Scientists
       Scientific Integrity
       Statement on Evolutionary Biology from President of the National Academies of Sciences
       Political Interference in Science
Judge Jones Opinion on teaching intelligent design in Dover, Pennsylvania schools

National Academies of Sciences
    Science and Creationism: A View from the National Academy of Sciences: download this article from this link

PUBLICATIONS (papers since 1991 available in pdf)