Professor and Chair of Biological Sciences
Ph.D., University of Florida, 1996; M.S., Florida State University, 1989; B.S., Florida State University, 1987
Dr. Jordan's philosophy about teaching science is really quite simple — faculty should strive to make their courses both interesting and challenging. He believes that faculty should set high expectations, clearly articulate these expectations, and create a friendly and supportive learning environment that encourages students to go beyond these expectations. Faculty should engage students in discussions about major concepts, get them into the lab and field early and often to test hypotheses about these concepts, and encourage them to develop written and oral skills necessary to effectively communicate their findings to others. Dr. Jordan believes that the best way to learn about science is by engaging in research. Dr. Jordan's research program uses theoretical, empirical, and applied methods to study of the ecology of freshwater and estuarine systems, with special emphasis on the biology of arthropods, fishes, and amphibians of wetlands in Florida and Louisiana. He is also interested in developing and evaluating new methods for monitoring and modeling population dynamics of aquatic organisms.