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Division of Natural Sciences & MathematicsDepartment of Biological Sciences

Faculty & Staff

Professor Emeritus

James Platt

Jim Platt

Office:  SG Mudd 201

Office Phone: (303) 871-3694






  • 1966 B.A., Zoology - Indiana University - Bloomington
  • 1967 M.A.T., Biology - Indiana University - Bloomington
  • 1974 Ph.D., Biology - University of Colorado - Boulder, CO

Research Interests

I began my research career in biology studying the hormonal control of metamorphosis in neotenic tiger salamanders. During the last decade, my interests became focused on undergraduate and K-12 biology education. I am currently investigating the development of science reasoning and critical thinking skills among undergraduates and I continue to assist local area K-12 science teachers in their professional development. I am also interested in educational issues surrounding evolutionary biology and intelligent design creationism.

Recent Publications

  • Platt, J.E. 1999. Putting together fossil collections for "hands-on" evolution laboratories. Amer. Biol. Teacher 61: 275-281.
  • Phillips, M.E. and Platt, J.E. 1994. The use of ubiquitin as a marker of thyroxine-induced apoptosis in cultured Rana catesbeiana tail tips. Gen. Comp. Endocrinol. 95: 409-415.
  • Petcoff, D.W. and Platt, J.E. 1992. Inhibition of protein kinase C antagonizes in vitro tadpole tail fin regression induced by thyroxine. Gen. Comp. Endocrinol. 87: 208-213.
  • Ibrahim, R.H. and Platt, J.E. 1991. Reduced calcium and inhibition of protein kinase C mimic the induction of increased orinithine decarboxylase activity by prolactin in Ambystoma tigrinum tissues. J. Exp. Zool. 260: 202-209.
  • Ibrahim, R.H., and Platt, J.E. 1988. Enhancement of ornithine decarboxylase activity in Ambystoma liver slices by ovine prolactin: An evaluation of possible mediators. Gen. Comp. Endocrinol. 72: 90-96.
  • Platt, J.E., Rao, A.K., Angele, K. and LiCause, M.J. 1987. Oxytocin-induced water loss in Ambystoma tissue: an evaluation of the mechanism of oxytocin action in larval amphibians. Comp. Endocrinol. (Life Sci. Adv.) 1987 (6): 187-193.