Ph.D., Texas Tech University, 1986; M.A., CSU Fullerton, 1981; B.A., CSU Fullerton, 1977
Dr. Hood joined the Department of Biological Sciences in 1986. His research focuses on functional morphology and morphometrics, using video-based image analysis and multivariate statistics. Dr. Hood's recent work examines geographic variation, fluctuating asymmetry, and sexual dimorphism in vertebrates; spatial ecology of wetland plants; and conservation biology of mammals. His expertise is in concepts of evolution, ecology, and the relationship between form and function in plants and animals. Dr. Hood's approach to teaching is that students are responsible for being engaged in a course, they should work hard at understanding major concepts and achieving course goals. As the instructor, he feels he is responsible for course organization and providing students with the most current ideas and approaches to learning. His focus is on students learning major concepts. However, to do so, students must master fundamental objective knowledge in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. It is clear that we are now in the midst of the Information Age, and it is therefore imperative that students learn to learn using modern information technologies. With this said, his attitude is that these technologies are tools and that people still count -- learning begins and ends with people.