David Balfour

Professor of Biology

BalfourOffice:  Temple 208B

Phone:  434-797-8465

Email dbalfour@dcc.vccs.edu


Virginia Commonwealth University, 1992

M.S. - Virginia Commonwealth University, 1994

Ph.D. -
Virginia Tech, 2000

Courses I Teach:

BIO 141 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I

BIO 142 -Human Anatomy and Physiology II

BIO 231 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I

 BIO 232 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II


I am originally from Heuvelton, New York but I went to Virginia Commonwealth University for my undergraduate work in biology. After receiving my BS in biology in 1992, I stayed at VCU to complete my master's degree in biology. I thoroughly enjoyed my research project which involved studying the distribution, age structure, and movements of a population of freshwater mussels

I then moved to Virginia Tech where I did research that combined the fields of biology that I find the most intriguing -- physiology and ecology. My Ph.D. dissertation involved the examination of the responses of two fish species to low oxygen levels during early life stages.

As a graduate student I was responsible for teaching several sections of the human anatomy and physiology laboratories offered at Virginia Tech. I have also taught an upper level laboratory in aquatic ecology and several laboratories in various freshman biology courses.

After graduating from Virginia Tech, I was a temporary teaching specialist at Cornell University where I taught a laboratory section of genetics and the lecture section for Human Anatomy and Physiology. Because of my varied background, I have experienced anatomy and physiology classes that discussed humans, other mammals, reptiles, and, of course fish. As a result, students in my classes may find that I occasionally throw out an example of fish physiology during lecture. I do this in hopes that others may become "hooked" on further exploring the similarities and differences in the organisms that share our planet.

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