Nora Underwood, Ph.D.

Honors Teaching Scholar-Nora Underwood, PhD

Dr. Underwood received her BA in Biology from Vassar College, her PhD in Ecology from Duke University, and was a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Davis, before joining the FSU Department of Biological Science. She studies how plant and insect populations are controlled in both natural and agricultural settings, how variation in traits among individuals influences their interactions, and how climate change influences the timing of biological events. She and her lab members have research projects in the forests and fields of northern Florida, in Sweden, and in the montane meadows of Colorado, where she works for several months each summer at a high-altitude field station in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Dr. Underwood became a Professor because she loves research, teaching and thinking about how universities can better serve students and society, so she is very pleased to be associated with the Honors program, as well as chairing the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee for her department. Outside of academic life, Dr. Underwood loves outdoor adventures like mountain climbing and running rivers, as well as biking, gardening, dancing, reading, cooking and hanging out with her husband, daughter, and dog.

To learn more about Dr. Underwood and her research, visit the Department of Biological Science's website: .

Ecology of Food - IDS 2470

This course explores the basic ecology of agriculture and fisheries and consider how conventional and alternative food-production practices generate and solve ecological problems. We will focus on several major current issues (e.g. genetically modified organisms, pollinator declines, organic agriculture, and fisheries), and learn the science behind the issue and the social forces shaping the problem. Students also learn through discussions of scientific and popular writings, lectures, hands-on and written projects, oral presentations, local speakers and field trips.

[Requirements Satisfied: E-Series, Natural Science, and State-Mandated Writing (W).]