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Elizabeth J Queathem


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
Campus Job(s): 
Assistant Professor of Biology


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On-Campus Address: 
1201 Science
Grinnell, IA
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 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" Tutorial: "Movement, Feeling, Who We Are"
Primary Academic Interest: 
Comparative physiology and functional morphology; exercise physiology & psychology
Curriculum Vitae/Resume: 


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