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Dr. David M. Darda

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David M. Darda, Professor

Science Building 338C

400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7537                                           
Phone: 963-2881

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley (Zoology), 1988.
B.S. University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (Biology), 1980.

Integrative Anatomy, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Histology, Herpetology

Herpetology - Investigations into the distribution, morphology, and evolution of amphibians and reptiles of the Pacific Northwest.

Science Writing – “Body Parts: Oddball Anatomical Structures and the Stories they Tell”.  A series of essays on interesting and unusual human body parts that address functional, developmental, clinical, and evolutionary topics for a non‑professional audience.

Curriculum Design – Examination of current curricula in the anatomical sciences (vertebrate morphology, human anatomy and physiology, histology, embryology) and proposed revisions that reflect current knowledge, pedagogy, technology, and student need.

Representative Publications
Darda, D.M.  2017.  The gubernaculum and the evolution of testicular descent.  HAPS Educator 21(3):12-19.  doi:10.21692/haps.2017.048

Darda, D.M.  2016.  Bringing evolution into anatomy and physiology: the uvula and the story it tells.  HAPS Educator 20(4):71-75.  doi:10.21692/haps.2016.035

Darda, D.M. and D.B. Wake.  2015.  Osteological variation among extreme morphological forms in the Mexican salamander genus Chiropterotriton (Amphibia: Plethodontidae):  morphological evolution and homoplasy.  PLoS ONE 10(6): e0127248.  34pp.  doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0127248

Darda, D.M.  2010.  Observations by a university anatomy teacher and a suggestion for curricular change: integrative anatomy for undergraduates.  Anatomical Sciences Education.  3:73-76.

Krupka, J., P. Garvey-Darda, D.M. Darda, and C. Leingang.  2006.  Distribution, abundance, and habitat association of the Larch Mountain Salamander (Plethodon larselli) in the eastern Washington Cascades.  Final report to U.S. Geological Survey Species at Risk Program.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Reference: 13260-2006-TA-0196.  13pp.

Brown, H. A., R. B. Bury, D. M. Darda, L. V. Diller, C. R. Peterson, R. M. Storm (R. M. Storm and W. P. Leonard, eds.).  1995.  Reptiles of Washington and Oregon.  Seattle Audubon Society, Seattle, WA.



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