About UAlberta's Augustana Campus


Tomislav Terzin, PhD

Associate Professor/Biology

Augustana Campus


About Me

I am fascinated with colour patterns of living things.


 Under the challenging conditions of working at undergraduate campus with high teaching expectations, I have managed to establish a diverse, highly collaborative, low-cost and sustainable research program. My research program consists of three themes. Research revolves around extensive tropical invertebrate collection

Theme 1: Evolution and development of invertebrate colour patterns. In this theme I am mostly focused on the study of the information content of colour patterns, the evolution of mimicry, and the phylogenetic significance of colour patterns. This research supports my teaching in AUBIO 438, AUBIO 318 and AUBIO 419.

Theme 2: Description, definition and quantification of invertebrate mimicry and camouflage. This theme focusses on invertebrate zoology, entomology and taxonomy. This research also supports my teaching in AUART 298, AUBIO 318 and AUBIO 419.

Theme 3: Interdisciplinary application of invertebrate colour patterns in design, visual arts, aesthetics and conservation. This is a broad research theme which applies the knowledge from my field of expertise in new directions. This research depends on collaboration with specialists from other disciplines, and involves the application of biological colour patterns in the textile design, the study of aesthetics of colour patterns and various public initiatives in which colour patterns or particular specimens such as “the Augustana Moth” serve as catalysts for broader activities in arts, design and conservation.


My teaching philosophy, although still (and forever) evolving, can be at present formulated in seven statements:

1.    Successful teachers have a passion for teaching.
2.    Teaching has to be alive.
3.    The teacher has to be knowledgeable.
4.    Good teaching is a two-way process.
5.    Good teaching is a multi-channelled and multi-strategic endeavour which takes into account the specific needs of an individual student.
6.    Good teaching takes students out of their comfort zone, expanding their capabilities.
7.    Good teaching is a lifestyle and a mentorship.