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Demers, Nora (PhD)

Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Office: WH 0218
Phone: 239-590-7211

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Ph.D. Zoology, Oregon State University M.S. Zoology, Oregon State University

B.S. Life Sciences University of Missouri-Rolla

Research and Teaching Interests

I believe that the most important part of teaching is helping the process of learning occur. I consider my role as a "guide on the side" rather than the "sage on the stage". That said, I am enthusiastic and helpful in class and out of class. Stop by my office anytime I am there!

The research projects I have been working on include:

  1. Sampling local waters for evidence of endocrine disrupting compounds (present in medications, personal care products, plasticizers and pesticides)
    • We are working with chemists to detect and quantify the specific chemicals that may be present in a variety of waters including communities using septic tanks, reuse water, golf courses, and drinking and groundwater.
    • Examining mosquitofish (Gambusia) for gross morphological features (and eventually molecular examinations) that show evidence of endocrine disruption.
  2. Analyzing an extensive sea turtle nesting and hatching database from Collier County to see what the impacts human development may have.

Initiatives and Symposia

Courses Offered

Current/Active Courses

PCB 4233C Immunology
ISC 3120C Scientific Process
BSC 4933 Current topics in Biology: Environmental Endocrine Disruptors
IDS 3920 University Colloquium: A Sustainable Future

  • Colloquium

  • Current topics in Biology – Endocrine Disruptors

  • Current topics in Biology: Microbiomes

  • Issues in Science and technology