Dr. Louise Weber

Associate Professor of Biology

Email: lweber@sf.edu

Lou’s current syllabi

2013E&D Buckner  2013E&D Lindenwood  Buckner ecology   ecology 2012 at Buckner

(above) Besides Eagle Marsh I’ve had students work frequently at other sites including Buckner Park (upper left and both lower), Lindenwood Nature Preserve (upper right), Lindenwood Cemetery, and Fogwell Forest.

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(above) Students in the fall 2014 Principles of Biology laboratory.

  • New concentration in environmental science major:  proposed a conservation biology concentration, approved and active fall 2014.
  • New courses:  fall 2013 proposed and approved Forest & Grassland Ecology, Behavioral Ecology, and Invertebrate Zoology to strengthen the new conservation biology concentration in ENVS major.

maple tapping  urine bags on trees  Hurley tapping tree

(left and center) Students attaching milk jugs and cath bags (from the Nursing Department) spring 2014.  (right) Faculty sampling sap.

  • Maple tree tapping for syrup:  in February 2013-2016 using an idea from Dr. Matt Hopf, we’ve had the students in our Principles of Biology lab sections tap maple trees on campus and make syrup as part of their lesson on xylem and phloem.  The department has now purchased bona fide sap collecting bags, which eliminated the need for urine bags and milk jugs.  We now have a propane stove for cooking the sap outside and making pancakes.  At student request most of the syrup was donated to the Formula for Life silent auction.
  • Wilderness medicine and survival skills:  to better reach the pre-allied health majors in my Ecology and Diversity course, a segment on wilderness medicine and survival was included.  Helen Weber-McReynolds, my sister, taught the course.  She is a physician assistant and certified Wilderness First Responder.

wilderness shelter

(above) Helen teaching the basics of how to make a shelter.

  • Campus wildlife management plans students in the spring Ecology and Diversity course wrote wildlife management plans for different sectors of campus, based on principles they learned in class.  This information provided projects to follow up on in subsequent courses and summers.
  • Purchase of statistics software: ordered Instat, available for 10 computers in the Achatz computer room, taught students to use it in nearly all my courses.  This is apparently the only statistics software available on computers in SOLAS.
  • Invited guest speakers:  invited Johnathan Brouwer who spoke in Science Seminar on storm chasing, Libby Wladecki, N.P., my sister, who spoke in Science Seminar on movement disorders, Helen Weber-McReynolds, P.A., my sister, who spoke in Ecology and Diversity on wilderness medicine and survival skills, Laura Lengnick, Ph.D., colleague from Warren Wilson, who spoke via internet in Science Seminar about climate change and agriculture, Betsy Yankoviak, Operations Director at Eagle Marsh, who spoke in Ecology and Diversity on the history of the marsh, Matt Jones, from Allen County Partner for Water who spoke in Ecology and Diversity on erosion control, Rebecca Esterline, senior student, who spoke to the Principles of Biology I students about her paid summer internship.

2012 ecol at picnic benches  Rosin weed at E. Marsh  freezing at E. Marsh

(left) The Ecology class at Eagle Marsh.  (center) Reilly Flynn at Eagle Marsh.  Reilly is 6′ 4″ and we purposely put him in the photograph to document how tall a tallgrass prairie can be.  (right) Students conducting plant surveys on a cold, drab day in late fall at Eagle Marsh.

Advising at USF

  • academic adviser:  10 – 20 students on my advisee list.
  • group registration for first-year studentsSaturday and summertime sessions.
  • letters of recommendation:  have written letters for several USF students.
  • internships:   recruited students for paid summer internships, especially those offered in REU programs (NSF’s Research Experience for Undergraduates).
  • resume template:  maintained a mock resume handout used by science students.  I’ve also shared this with Career Services.
  • Career Services guest speakers:  in fall the Director of Career Advancement spoke in class to Principles of Biology students about the importance of internships, service, and other marketable experiences.
  • senior interviews:  recorded information from graduating seniors in ENVS.

Professional Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy – Clemson University, 1994
    • Dissertation: “Foraging ecology and conservation of shorebirds in South Carolina coastal wetlands.” Advisor: Dr. Susan Haig.
  • Master of Science – University of Notre Dame, 1988
    • Thesis: “Interactions of grazing snails and periphyton in northern Wisconsin lakes.” Advisor: Dr. David Lodge.
  • Bachelor of Science – Saint Mary’s College, 1983
    • Senior thesis: “Painted turtle speciation.”


  • Ecology
  • Conservation biology
  • Wildlife management and habitat ecology
  • Shorebird ecology and conservation

Current Professional Memberships

  • Society for Conservation Biology
  • Text and Academic Authors Association

Service and Major Professional Activities

  • Green Campus Committee, co-leader
  • Lecturer and laboratory lead instructor for Principles of Biology for Biology majors.
  • Advisor for restored prairie on campus, rain gardens, bird garden.
  • Main advisor for conservation biology concentration within the Environmental Science major.

Curriculum Vitae

View Louise Weber’s curriculum vitae.