Dr. Houtman received her doctorate in zoology from the University of Oxford and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Toronto. Her research interests are in the behavioral ecology of birds, and current research in her laboratory focuses on the ecology and evolution of hummingbird song. Dr. Houtman came to RIT with experience at a variety of private and public institutions, which gives her a broad perspective and a wide view of the education landscape. She is strongly committed to evidence-based, experiential education and has been an active member since 1994 of Project Kaleidoscope Faculty for the 21st Century, a national science education reform organization. She serves on the Science Advisory Board for the College Board, and is involved in the new Advanced Placement curricula and exams as well as larger issues of the pre-college to college transition.
- D.Phil., University of Oxford
- M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
- B.A., Pomona College
- Behavioral ecology of birds
- Sexual selection and mate choice
- Evolution of song in hummingbirds
- Anthropogenic noise and bird song
- Individual identification of small birds using RFID technology
Houtman, A.M., S. Karr and J. Interlandi. 2012. Scientific American’s Environmental Science in a Changing World. New York: W.H. Freeman Publishers.
Zuk, M. and Houtman, A.M. 2011. Wholphins and other wonders of bio for biz majors. (article about teaching non-majors biology) Chronicle of Higher Education 10 July 2011.
Houtman, A.M. and Walker, S. 2010. Decreasing plagiarism: what works and what doesn’t. The Journal on Excellence in College Teaching 21(1):51-71.
Williams, B. & Houtman, A.M. 2008. Song of the Costaâs Hummingbird. Auk 125(3): 663-669.