Santa Monica College
SCI 261
(310) 434-4662



Anatomy 1: Human Anatomy
Biology 2: Human Biology
Biology 3: Fundamentals of Biology
Physiology 3: Human Physiology

Teaching Philosophy:

I love to teach, and my greatest reward is when students bring the same enthusiasm to classes that I do. I cater to a variety of learning styles by incorporating group problem solving, multimedia, debates, and other formats into my lectures. My goal is to inspire my students to continue lifelong learning in biology, sustainability, and critical thinking.


Ph.D., Biology, Stanford University
M.S., Wildlife Biology, University of Montana B.S., Molecular and Cell Biology, U.C. Berkeley


von der Ohe, C. G., Garner, C. C., Darian-Smith, C., Heller, H. C. (2007). Synaptic Protein Dynamics in Hibernation. J. Neurosci. 27: 84-92

von der Ohe, C. G., Darian-Smith, C., Garner, C. C., Heller, H. C. (2006). Ubiquitous and Temperature-Dependent Neural Plasticity in Hibernators. J. Neurosci. 26: 10590-10598

von der Ohe, C.G., Wasser, S.K., Hunt, K.E., Servheen, C. (2004). Factors associated with fecal glucocorticoids in Alaskan brown bears. Physiol. Biochem. Zool. 77: 313–320

von der Ohe, C.G. and Servheen, C. (2002). Measuring stress in mammals using fecal glucocorticoids: opportunities and challenges. Wildl. Soc. Bull. 30:1215-1225.


I grew up near Santa Monica, and have always been interested in biology. Outside of teaching, I enjoy outdoor activities like camping, hiking, and biking, as well as dance and music.