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Wisner, Ellen M.

Contact Info
Title: University Lecturer
Email: ellen.m.wisner@njit.edu
Office: 431 Colton Annex
Hours: Wednesday 10:30 - 11:30 am Thursday 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Phone: 973-642-4975
Dept: Biology
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About Me

Dr. Ellen Wisner is a University Lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.  Ellen’s primary focus at NJIT is undergraduate education. She develops curriculum and teaches courses in Conservation Biology, Animal Behavior, Communication in Biology, Ecology, and Evolution.

Education

Centre College, B.S. in Biology 2006Syracuse University, Ph.D. in Biology 2011

Affiliations

2011 – present University Lecturer Department of Biology (NJIT)2006 – 2011 Doctoral Student Department of Biology (SU)


Courses I Teach

FOUND OF BIO:ECOL & EVOL I
EVOL OF ANIMAL BEHAVIOR LAB - HO

Courses Taught at NJIT

Current Courses

Spring 2013 

  • Foundations of Ecology and Evolution (BIOL 205)
  • Conservation Biology (BIOL 375 and 375H)
  • Honors Seminar in Biology (BIOL 495)

 

Past Semesters

Fall 2012

  • Foundations of Ecology and Evolution (BIOL 205)
  • Foundations of Ecology and Evolution Honors Lab (BIOL 206H)
  • Evolution of Animal Behavior Lab (BIOL 385H)

Spring 2012

  • Foundations of Ecology and Evolution (BIOL 205)
  • Conservation Biology (BIOL 375 and 375H)
  • Honors Seminar in Biology (BIOL 495)

Fall 2011

  • Foundations of Ecology and Evolution (BIOL 205)
  • Foundations of Ecology and Evolution Honors Lab (BIOL 206H)
  • Concepts in Biology Recitation Sections

 


Research Interest

Dr. Wisner’s research has focused on animal communication.  Specifically, she has explored how human disturbances, mainly noise, can influence signals used in mate choice in birds. In conducting this research she recorded, observed, banded, and took blood samples from Eastern bluebirds (Sialia sialis) all over the states of Connecticut and New York. Her findings from this research suggest that Eastern bluebirds modify their songs in response to human-caused noise, and choose mates based on different signal characteristics in noisier habitats.

Dr. Wisner is also interested in scientific teaching, particularly with respect to peer-to-peer learning and the use of technology to increase student learning in large classes.


Selected Publications

Wisner, E. M., Heim, K. and J. A. C. Uy. (In Prep). Anthropogenic disturbance alters the operation of sexual selection in the Eastern bluebird (Sialis sialia).

Dotger BS, Barry D, Wiles J, Benevento E, Brzozowski F, Hurtado-gonzales J, Jacobs N, Royse E, Sen D, Snyder J, Stokes, R. and E. Wisner. 2012. Developing Graduate Students’ Knowledge of Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium Through Lesson Study. Journal of College Science Teaching 42:40–45.