Blythe Nilson

Associate Professor, Biology
Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
University of British Columbia Okanagan
3333 University Way
Kelowna, BC, V1V 1V7

Office: SCI154
Phone: 250.807.9555


I have been teaching human anatomy and physiology as well as pathophysiology since I left UVic in 1985. I taught these courses to nursing students at Northwest Community College, Selkirk College, Okanagan College/Okanagan University College - what is now UBC Okanagan. Over my 25 years of teaching post-secondary biology I have taught labs and lectures in many, many different courses but my heart has always been with first year A&P. I am currently interested in how critical thinking skills affects students' ability to learn difficult scientific concepts and their success in university in general. I write a monthly column on skepticism in the Kelowna Courier and participate in many national and international groups promoting skepticism and critical thinking. 


Advisory Fellow, Centre for Inquiry

In 2011, Professor Nilson was made an Advisory Fellow of the Centre for Inquiry, a national organization that promotes and advances reason, science, secularism and freedom of inquiry in all areas of human endeavour. She writes a monthly column titled "Okanagan Skeptic" in the Kelowna Daily Courier. 


MSc University of Victoria



Human Anatomy and Physiology for Nursing Students
Pathophysiology for Nursing Students
Biology for non-Science majors


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