Valerie O'Brien

Assistant Professor Biology - School of Science & Mathematics

Contact Information

(918) 724-8108

I have been an Assistant Professor of Biology at TCC since 2012. I received my PhD in 2009 from the University of Tulsa in wildlife disease ecology, and have maintained an active research program in ecology since that time. My teaching style is driven by a belief that college should be a transformational experience for students. I am particularly interested in helping students make intellectual progress by learning to “think like a scientist”.

Courses Taught

  • Introductory Biology for Majors (BIOL1224)
  • Nutrition (BIOL1383)


  • Ph.D., Biology, University of Tulsa. Awarded Fall 2009. Dissertation title: "Interactions between arboviruses and their avian hosts." Courses in: Ornithology, Field Ecology, Virology, ANOVA and Multiple Regression, Ecological Modeling.
  • B.S., Biology – Organismic Emphasis, 2004, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Areas of concentration: Ecology, Zoology. Minor: Chemistry.
  • A.A., Liberal Arts, 2002. Tulsa Community College, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Areas of concentration: Biology, Chemistry, Psychology.           
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