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Elizabeth J Queathem

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Comparative physiology and functional morphology; exercise physiology & psychology

I was originally trained as a comparative physiologist and functional morphologist, but since coming to Iowa, I have become increasingly focused on human exercise. I am interested in how people feel when they exercise, and why they feel that way. In particular, I study how the environment in which people exercise, and the intensity and quality of exercise, affect feelings of tension/relaxation, pleasure/displeasure, and self-efficacy. Recently my student, Kelsey Holkesvik, and I have been looking at how body image and salivary cortisol levels in middle-school-aged girls are affected by exercising either in an outdoor environment, where there are few opportunities to compare themselves with others, or in an indoor environment, such as a fitness center where there are other bodies and mirrors. Another student, Alex Reich, is exploring what cross-country runners tend to think about, and how they feel, when they run on a trail outdoors or indoors on a treadmill in a fitness center. My other interests include how people value nature, the role the environment plays in feelings of well-being and health, and issues of water quality and land use.

Campus Phone: 

(641) 269-4334


(641) 269-4984

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On-Campus Address: 

1201 Science
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

Courses Taught: 

  • BIO 150: Introduction to Biological Inquiry, "Animal Locomotion"
  • BIO 252: Organisms, Evolution and Ecology, with Lab
  • BIO 364: Animal Physiology
  • BIO 395: Advanced Special Topic, "Comparative Vertebrate Morphology, with Lab"
  • ENV 120: Environmental Challenges and Responses
  • PST 320: Applied Policy Analysis
  • PST 420: Advanced Policy Research
  • SCI/HUM/SST 350: Freedom and Authority, Control of Reproduction
  • SCI/HUM/SST 395: Advanced Special Topic, "Control of Reproduction"
  • SCI/SST 395: Advanced Special Topic, "Biomedical Technology, Public Policy, and Reproduction"
  • SST 101: Introduction to Peach and Conflict Studies
  • Tutorial: "Movement, Feeling, Who We Are"

Primary Academic Interest: 

Comparative physiology and functional morphology; exercise physiology & psychology

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