Larissa Dias spent the majority of her childhood in
Arlington, Texas, although she lived in such varied places as Sacramento,
California, Grand Junction, Colorado, and Chicago, Illinois as a child. After
graduating from high school she attended the University of Texas at Austin,
earning her Bachelor’s degree in Biology. After college she worked at various
wildlife refuges and national parks across the country, where she researched
ocelots, small rodents, reptiles and amphibians, and other wildlife. She later
earned her Master’s in Biology from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi,
where she wrote her thesis on the marine chemical ecology of deep-sea bubblegum
Larissa has taught various science courses over the years
including Anatomy and Physiology I and II (BIOL2401 and BIOL2402), Nutrition
(BIOL 1322), Principles of Biology (BIOL1408), and Microbiology (BIOL 2420).
For the last 4 years, she has had the pleasure of teaching at CBC both part-
and full-time. She enjoys the challenge and creativity of teaching and loves to
see her students succeed.
In her free time Larissa loves to travel and has been to
over 20 different countries, including much of the Caribbean, North and Central
America, and Europe. She also loves to
read and write and bird-watch. Larissa spends her days doing biological
consulting work and hanging out with her daughter Zoe.