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Department of Biological Sciences
Science Building, Room 338
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7537
David M. Darda, Professor
Science Building 338C
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.
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.