Robert Ratterman
Joined JCC
1987
Department
Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics
Primary Campus
Cattaraugus County Campus
Location
220 AHSC
Phone Number
716.376.7557
We spend every other spring recess exploring the rainforests of Costa Rica and snorkeling the coral reefs of Panama.
Coordinator, Sciences (Cattaraugus County); Professor, Biology

I have taught a variety of biology courses at JCC, including many of the core courses in biology. Since 2003, I have co-taught Tropical Biology, which has proven to be one of my most enjoyable courses. During odd-numbered spring semesters we spend the spring recess exploring the rainforests of Costa Rica and snorkeling the coral reefs of Bocas del Toro, Panama. Over the years we have witnessed the eruption of the Arenal volcano, observed nesting of endangered leatherback sea turtles and zip-lined through rainforest canopies.

In my spare time I tend to my five beehives and enjoy fishing for smallmouth bass and walleye on Lake Erie. In 2011, my then 14-year-old daughter caught the largest walleye in New York State that year — 11 pounds, 8 ounces! Once the leaves begin to turn, my attention turns to fly fishing for steelhead, as well as deer hunting.

The photo to the left was taken at base camp on the Kahiltna Glacier in Denali National Park in south-central Alaska.  It is here that climbers acclimate as they prepare to ascend the 20,310-foot peak of Denali.   

Education
Degree Field of Study Institution
M.S. Zoology Iowa State University
B.S. Biology Loras College
Courses Taught
BIO 2510: Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO 2520: Anatomy and Physiology II
BIO 2640: Animal Behavior
BIO 1510: Health Science
BIO 1500: Human Biology
BIO 2531: Microbiology
BIO 2532: Microbiology Lab
BIO 1570: Principles of Biology I
BIO 1580: Principles of Biology II
BIO 2620: Tropical Biology
BIO 2660: Zoology
Publications
  • Ratterman, RJ. "The Use of Student Presentations as Supplemental Instructional Tools." US-Russia Joint Conference on Education, The Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, 1994.
  • Ratterman, RJ and RA Ackerman. "The Water Exchange and Hydric Microclimate of Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta) Eggs Incubating in Field Nests." Physiological Zoology 62 (5), 1989: 1059-1079.
  • Ratterman, RJ and RA Ackerman. "The Environment of Water Exchange of Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta) Eggs during Natural Incubation." 99th Session of the Iowa Academy of Science. Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa. 1987.
  • Ratterman, RJ and RA Ackerman. "The Influence of Environmental Factors on the Development of Naturally-Incubating Eggs of the Chrysemys picta." American Society of Zoologists Annual Meeting. Nashville, Tennessee. 1986.
  • Ratterman, RJ and RA Ackerman. "The Exchange and Environmental Fluctuations of Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta) Eggs during Natural Incubation." 98th Session of the Iowa Academy of Science. Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa. 1986.

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