Jennifer Hollander

Teaching Professor
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I have been a member of the Department of Biology since 2007. My primary role in the department has been teaching the anatomy & physiology courses (Biology 223 and 224), along with the Advanced Human Dissection Team and the corresponding labs. After completing my bachelor’s degree in human biology at the University of Utah, I earned a master’s degree in biology followed by a doctorate degree in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology. My research interests were in plant-animal interactions, especially on the evolution of seeds traits in members of the genus Ephedra, and the adaptations for rodent dispersal that have only occurred in North America. While in graduate school, I had the opportunity to work as a teaching assistant in the anatomy and physiology labs, and I found my passion for teaching undergraduates, especially about the human body and how it works.
Besides teaching the anatomy and physiology large enrollment courses, I have taught a variety of other courses, including freshman-level and upper division, graduate-level, majors and non-majors, and an Honors course. I genuinely love teaching and take every opportunity increase engagement in my classroom, as well as increasing enthusiasm for the content.

Courses taught

  • Biology 223A (Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lecture)
  • Biology 224A (Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lecture)
  • Biology 423/424 (Human Anatomy Dissection Team)
  • Biology 446/646 (Desert and Montane Ecosystems)


  • Ph.D., Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology, University of Nevada, Reno, 2007
  • M.S., Biology, University of Nevada, Reno, 2002
  • B.S., Human Biology, University of Utah, 1996

Selected publications

  • Hollander, J. L., S. B. Vander Wall, and W. S. Longland.  Olfactory detection of caches containing wildland versus cultivated seeds by granivorous rodents.  Western North American Naturalist, in press.
  • Hollander, J. L., S. B. Vander Wall, and J. G. Baguley.  2010.  Evolution of seed dispersal in North American Ephedra.  Evolutionary Ecology 24:333-345.
  • Hollander, J. L., and S. B. Vander Wall.  2009.  Dispersal syndromes in North American Ephedra.  International Journal of Plant Sciences 170(3):323-330.
  • Hollander, J. L., and S. B. Vander Wall.  2004.  Effectiveness of six species of rodents as dispersers of singleleaf piñon pine (Pinus monophylla).  Oecologia 138:57-65.
  • Vander Wall, S. B., M. J. Beck, J. S. Briggs, J. K. Roth, T. C. Thayer, J. L. Hollander, and J. M. Armstrong.  2003.  Interspecific variation in the olfactory abilities of granivorous rodents.  Journal of Mammalogy 84:159-168.

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