Professor Dr. Gerlach Reviews


Class Ratings

2Bad Class
3Kinda Interesting
3Kinda Useful

Prof: Dr. Gerlach / Fall 2021

Dec 13, 2021

Comments on the course

This course was like taking 2-3 classes at one time. The lab portion of the course is very heavy, including a pre lab, lab assignment, and lab quiz every single week. There was way too many assignments to focus on throughout the entire course. There was 2 papers which seemed irrelevant. There was a semester long INaturalist project which required very detailed descriptions for each species found. There was an assignment on each lecture day even though the lecture wasn't even held in person. We still had to meet on zoom to present/watch "get to know a vertebrate" - another project. I would have rather just had lecture in person and not have to listen to presentations 2 days a week for the whole semester.

Course Content

I was really excited for the content of this class but it ended up feeling more like an anatomy/evolution course. Parts of the material seemed irrelevant as it focused on extremely large complex phylogenies and fossil groups

Comments on the professor

She was good at lecturing and you could tell she enjoyed teaching the material, but was not very receptive to students concerns. She asked about halfway through the course what could be done to improve the course and many students showed their concern for the insane amount of work for the class and she pretty much dismissed it


That it was not really focused on biodiversity but on anatomy/evolution. I wish I knew how bad the labs and lab quizzes are as I had another lab class right after this course and it was miserable.

Course: ZOO 4307CDelivery: HybridGrade: Not sure yetWorkload: Very HeavyTextbook Use: No
Attendance HeavyAssignment HeavyQuiz HeavyExam Heavy