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BIOEE 1150 : Techniques of Avian Specimen Preparation
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course has two main objectives: (i) to illustrate the diverse uses of natural history collections for research, teaching and conservation, and (ii) to introduce students to the fine art of avian specimen preparation. Students will learn multiple specimen preparation techniques (skeletons, spread wings, and round skins) and will be required to prepare 20 round skins to receive course credit. Students will be evaluated on the quality of their specimens and on a short (3 page) essay advocating the value of natural history collections.
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BIOEE 1540 : Introductory Oceanography
Crosslisted as: BIOEE 1560, EAS 1540, EAS 1560 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This class relies more on intuitive reasoning rather than complicated mathematical formulas to convey basic concepts about how the ocean works. For this reason, the class is very accessible to non-science majors. The class covers standard material about how the ocean works, but also includes current environmental threats facing the ocean such as global warming, ocean acidification, overfishing and coastal pollution. Students will gain a depth of knowledge about the ocean and global warming to enable them to speak and write confidently about contemporary public issues regarding the health of the ocean, global warming and a sustainable future. This course satisfies the Physical and Biological Sciences (PBS) requirement for students in most colleges. For students in A&S and CALS, this course counts as "in-college" credit.
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BIOEE 1560 : Introductory Oceanography with Laboratory
Crosslisted as: BIOEE 1540, EAS 1540, EAS 1560 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This class relies more on intuitive reasoning rather than complicated mathematical formulas to convey basic concepts about how the ocean works. For this reason, the class is very accessible to non-science majors. The class covers standard material about how the ocean works, but also includes current environmental threats facing the ocean such as global warming, ocean acidification, overfishing and coastal pollution. Students will gain a depth of knowledge about the ocean and global warming to enable them to speak and write confidently about contemporary public issues regarding the health of the ocean, global warming and a sustainable future. This course satisfies the Physical and Biological Sciences (PBS) requirement for students in most colleges and the Introductory Life Sciences/Biological Sciences requirement for students in CALS. For students in A&S and CALS, this course counts as "in-college" credit.
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BIOEE 1610 : Introductory Biology: Ecology and the Environment
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course provides an introduction to ecology, covering interactions between organisms and the environment at scales of populations, communities, and ecosystems. Ecological principles are used to explore the theory and applications of major issues facing humanity in the 21st century, including population dynamics, disease ecology, biodiversity and invasive species, global change, and other topics of environmental sustainability.
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BIOEE 1610 : Introductory Biology: Ecology and the Environment
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course provides an introduction to ecology, covering interactions between organisms and the environment at scales of populations, communities, and ecosystems. Ecological principles are used to explore the theory and applications of major issues facing humanity in the 21st century, including population dynamics, disease ecology, biodiversity and invasive species, global change, and other topics of environmental sustainability.
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BIOEE 1780 : An Introduction to Evolutionary Biology and Diversity
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Considers explanations for pattern of diversity and the apparent good fit of organisms to the environment. Topics include the diversity of life, the genetics and developmental basis of evolutionary change, processes at the population level, evolution by natural selection, modes of speciation, long-term trends in evolution, origin of humans.
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BIOEE 1780 : An Introduction to Evolutionary Biology and Diversity
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Considers explanations for pattern of diversity and the apparent good fit of organisms to the environment. Topics include the diversity of life, the genetics and developmental basis of evolutionary change, processes at the population level, evolution by natural selection, modes of speciation, long-term trends in evolution, origin of humans.
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BIOEE 2070 : Evolution
Crosslisted as: STS 2871 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Evolution is the central concept in biology. This course examines evolution as a science and places it in an historical context. Lectures focus on descent with modification, the nature of natural selection, the history of the earth, the information content of the fossil record, and processes responsible for diversification (speciation and extinction). The science of evolutionary biology is presented in the context of a broader history of ideas in science. The course also explores the importance of evolutionary thinking in the 21st century, including discussion of antibiotic and pesticide resistance, personalized genomics, climate change, and the conflict between creationists and evolutionists.
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BIOEE 2525 : Ecology and Conservation of Wildlife in the Neotropics
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This on-campus and international field course combination provides participating students with a broad introduction to the research process in field ecology, with literature and hands-on examples drawn from the fauna and flora of coastal Patagonia (Argentina), an area that provides us with unprecedented access to both marine and terrestrial wildlife as well as exposure to conservation challenges and success stories. The course begins in the latter part of the Fall semester when it meets twice weekly for seven weeks, largely to discuss relevant papers from the scientific literature with an emphasis on best practices in designing field studies to address questions in Neotropical ecology, behavioral ecology, conservation, and evolutionary biology. During the 2+ week field component in January, students travel among field sites in Patagonia and put this knowledge to work in an experiential context by designing and implementing a series of research projects, including numerous short 'blitz' projects and several longer, more intensive independent projects; many of these field studies involve close-hand observations of marine mammals, penguins, or other seabirds. The 7-week Spring semester component is focused on building skills in data analysis and scientific writing, based on the data collected in the field by each student.
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BIOEE 2526 : Neotropical Wildlife Biology
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This on-campus and international field course combination provides participating students with a broad introduction to the research process in field ecology, with literature and hands-on examples drawn from the fauna and flora of coastal Patagonia (Argentina), an area that provides us with unprecedented access to both marine and terrestrial wildlife as well as exposure to conservation challenges and success stories. The course begins in the latter part of the Fall semester when it meets twice weekly for seven weeks, largely to discuss relevant papers from the scientific literature with an emphasis on best practices in designing field studies to address questions in Neotropical ecology, behavioral ecology, conservation, and evolutionary biology. During the 2+ week field component in January, students travel among field sites in Patagonia and put this knowledge to work in an experiential context by designing and implementing a series of research projects, including numerous short 'blitz' projects and several longer, more intensive independent projects; many of these field studies involve close-hand observations of marine mammals, penguins, or other seabirds. The 7-week Spring semester component is focused on building skills in data analysis and scientific writing, based on the data collected in the field by each student.
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BIOEE 2640 : Tropical Field Ornithology
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Provides students with the opportunity to study birds intensively in a neotropical environment. Students learn observational and field techniques, formulate and participate in group research projects.
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BIOEE 2641 : Analysis and Interpretation of Bird Observations
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Provides students with the opportunity to study birds intensively in a neotropical environment. Students learn observational and field techniques, formulate and participate in group research projects.
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BIOEE 2670 : Introduction to Conservation Biology
Crosslisted as: BIOEE 2670, NTRES 2670, BIOEE 2670, NTRES 2670 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Broad exploration of biological concepts and practices related to conserving the earth's biodiversity; integrates ecological, evolutionary, behavioral, and genetic principles important for understanding conservation issues of the 21st century. Topics include species and ecosystem diversity, values of biodiversity, causes of extinction, risks facing small populations, simulation modeling, design of nature preserves, the Endangered Species Act, conservation priority-setting, species recovery, ecosystem restoration and management, implications of climate change, and our ecological footprint.
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BIOEE 2740 : The Vertebrates: Comparative Anatomy, Function, and Evolution
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Introductory course in vertebrate organismal biology that explores the anatomy and function of vertebrates with an emphasis on trends in vertebrate evolution. Lectures cover topics such as the origin, anatomy, physiology, and evolution of various vertebrate groups, with a focus on organ systems (such as the nervous, circulatory, and respiratory systems), life history, locomotion, behavior, and conservation.  This course prepares students for advanced courses on the biology of fishes, amphibians and reptiles, birds, and mammals; pre-vet and pre-med students benefit from its comparative anatomical approach to understanding the organization of the vertebrate body.
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BIOEE 3500 : Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems in a Changing Ocean
Crosslisted as: EAS 3500, EAS 5500 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Lecture and student-led discussion course covers the interactions of physical and biological processes in marine ecosystems. The course begins by looking at these processes on global to regional scales and works down to the smaller scales. The course introduces students to modern techniques of marine-ecosystems research, including remote sensing and ecosystem modeling. The course focuses on anthropogenic impacts on the global ocean as well as the sustainable use of its services and resources.
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BIOEE 3510 : Conservation Oceanography
Crosslisted as: EAS 3510 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Focuses on field methods used to study marine organisms and ecosystems in efforts to sustain them in the face of many environmental challenges. Introduces students to modern techniques of marine-ecosystems research, including bioacoustics, ecological survey methods, and experimental marine ecology. This course is field and laboratory intensive with students engaged in hands-on, active learning that takes advantage of local resources.
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BIOEE 3610 : Advanced Ecology
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course provides an in depth survey of ecology emphasizing conceptual foundations and the integration of experimental and quantitative approaches, including population and community ecology, ecosystem biology, and ecological modeling. Current and classical ecological research is used to introduce major concepts and methods, derive major ecological principles, and critically discuss their applicability on multiple organizational levels, on multiple scales, and in a variety of ecosystems. Weekly discussion/lab sections focus on measurement techniques and computation (modeling, simulation and data analysis using the R language).
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BIOEE 3611 : Field Ecology
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Exercises designed to give students direct experience with field research to address ecological hypotheses, with emphasis on developing observational skills and basic methods in population and community ecology. Topics include methods in plant succession, niche relationships, influence of herbivores and competitors on plant communities, aquatic food web analysis, use of scientific collections, and presenting research results in written and oral form. We will visit a diversity of habitats and natural areas in Central New York.  Students will conduct an independent research project and present their findings.
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BIOEE 3690 : Chemical Ecology
Crosslisted as: BIONB 3690, ENTOM 3690 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Why are chilies so spicy? This course examines the chemical basis of interactions between species and is intended for students with a basic knowledge of chemistry and biology. Focuses on the ecology and chemistry of plants, animals, and microbes. Stresses chemical signals used in diverse ecosystems, using Darwinian natural selection as a framework. Topics include plant defenses, microbial warfare, communication in marine organisms, and human pheromones.
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BIOEE 3730 : Biodiversity and Biology of the Marine Invertebrates
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Introduction to the biology, natural history, and evolution of the major invertebrate phyla, concentrating on marine representatives. In addition to the evolution of form and function, lectures cover aspects of ecology, behavior, physiology, chemical ecology, and current research. The discussion section will focus on current research papers with marine invertebrates.
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BIOEE 3780 : Computerized Tomography of Vertebrates
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course is an introduction to CT visualization for its applications in comparative biology of the vertebrates. Students will learn and practice the exploration of vertebrate anatomy with OSIRIX 3-D visualization software or its future replacement; work on student-designed projects and/or a large survey of the vertebrates based on CT scans from specimens in the Cornell museum as well as the Smithsonian and other museums around the world.            
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BIOEE 3780 : Computerized Tomography of Vertebrates
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course is an introduction to CT visualization for its applications in comparative biology of the vertebrates. Students will learn and practice the exploration of vertebrate anatomy with OSIRIX 3-D visualization software or its future replacement; work on student-designed projects and/or a large survey of the vertebrates based on CT scans from specimens in the Cornell museum as well as the Smithsonian and other museums around the world.            
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BIOEE 4460 : Plant Behavior and Biotic Interactions, Lecture
Crosslisted as: BIONB 4460, PLSCI 4460 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
How do plants respond to antagonists, such as herbivores and pathogens? What are the checks and balances that keep mutualist organisms in their tight interactions? How are symbioses organized on molecular, metabolic and ecological levels? What are the molecular, plant hormonal, and metabolic mechanisms mediating plant biotic interactions with other organisms? What ecological and evolutionary consequences do these interactions have for the fitness of the plants and their interactors? This course provides an overview of plants' myriad interactions with antagonists and mutualists, from microbes to multicellular organisms, and explains the underlying ecological and evolutionary concepts. It gives an introduction to the study of induced plant responses in the light of a behavioral biology framework.            
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BIOEE 4461 : Plant Behavior and Biotic Interactions, Laboratory
Crosslisted as: BIONB 4461, PLSCI 4461 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Laboratory course covering topics presented in BIOEE 4460/BIONB 4460/PLSCI 4460.
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BIOEE 4500 : Mammalogy, Lectures
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Lectures cover the evolution, diversity, functional morphology, behavior, ecology, and biogeography of living mammals. Selective coverage of mammalian fossils, conservation status, domestication, and diseases.
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BIOEE 4501 : Mammalogy, Laboratory
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Laboratory topics include the methodology of mammalogy, and the characteristics and diversity of mammals. Focus is on terrestrial mammals of North America.
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BIOEE 4560 : Stream Ecology
Crosslisted as: NTRES 4560 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Lecture examines patterns and processes in stream ecosystems, including geomorphology and hydrology, watershed-stream interactions, trophic dynamics, biogeochemistry, disturbance, and conservation and management. Field and laboratory exercises focus on experimental and analytical techniques used to study stream ecosystems, including techniques to measure stream discharge, physical habitat, water chemistry, and stream biota. Field project with lab papers.
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BIOEE 4690 : Food, Agriculture, and Society
Crosslisted as: BSOC 4691, STS 4691 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Multidisciplinary course dealing with the social and environmental impact of food production in the United States and developing countries. Agroecosystems of various kinds are analyzed from biological, economic, and social perspectives. The impacts of traditional, conventional, and alternative agricultural technologies are critically examined in the context of developed and developing economies. Specific topics include biodiversity and ecosystem services in agriculture, transgenic crops, biofuels, urban agriculture, and sustainable development.
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BIOEE 4750 : Ornithology
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Lectures cover various aspects of the biology of birds, including anatomy, physiology, systematics, evolution, behavior, ecology, and biogeography. Laboratory includes dissection of dead material, studies of skeletons and plumages, and specimen identification of avian families of the world and species of New York.
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BIOEE 4790 : Paleobiology
Crosslisted as: EAS 4790 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Surveys the major groups of organisms and their evolutionary histories. Intended to fill out the biological backgrounds of Earth and atmospheric science students concerning the nature and significance of the fossil record for their respective studies.
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BIOEE 4920 : Special Topics in Ocean Biodiversity: Ocean Biodiversity Research Apprenticeship
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
The research apprenticeship aims to teach students critical hands-on research skills and team-building in a closely mentored environment. This research apprenticeship in a field marine setting will be based at Friday Harbor Laboratories in the San Juan Islands, Washington. Research-intensive field work provides students with a life-changing experience that cannot be replicated in even the best university laboratory, and that is especially true for Cornell students interested in ocean and marine life. The project planned is Climate Change and Health of Seagrass. It will involve field research to survey health of a range of the rich, but declining sea grass beds around the San Juans. Students will test the general hypothesis that a pathogen, Labyrinthula zosterae, is part of the cause of the decline. Students will bring samples back to the lab and learn methods of assaying health of blades and isolating the causative microorganism. They will perform PCR tests to identify the L zosterae and perform a test of Koch's postulates. They will have an opportunity to run experiments in Friday Harbor's Ocean Acidification Center. They will use the R statistics package to analyze their data and craft it into a paper. This project has been developed to date with graduate students over the last 6 summers at Friday Harbor Labs and with NSF funding and is now sufficiently developed to be productive for undergraduate research. The research apprenticeship course will be supported by 2 additional courses that will teach the biota of the San Juan islands and ecology of sea grass beds.
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BIOEE 4930 : Marine Invertebrate Biodiversity
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
The course will take advantage of the species diversity of marine invertebrates in the Salish Sea of the Pacific Northwest, the huge variation in easily accessible field habitats and the excellent research-oriented facilities of Friday Harbor Laboratories. Like BIOEE 3730 - Biodiversity and Biology of the Marine Invertebrates, the course will be a survey of phyletic diversity of all the marine invertebrates but will be more in depth in exploring class and order-level diversity within each phylum. The excellent running seawater facilities in each laboratory will allow detailed behavioral and morphological observation of different invertebrates. Students will be exposed to lectures and labs focused on each group and be responsible for weekly video summaries and notebook recordings of their observations.
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BIOEE 4980 : Teaching Experience
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Designed to give qualified undergraduate students teaching experience through actual involvement in planning and assisting in biology courses. This experience may include supervised participation in a discussion group, assisting in a biology laboratory, assisting in field biology, or tutoring.
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BIOEE 4980 : Teaching Experience
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Designed to give qualified undergraduate students teaching experience through actual involvement in planning and assisting in biology courses. This experience may include supervised participation in a discussion group, assisting in a biology laboratory, assisting in field biology, or tutoring.
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BIOEE 6602 : Graduate Field Course in Ecology
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Designed to give graduate students experience in defining questions and designing field investigations. The course is based at the Archbold Biological Station in central Florida over spring break and during the following week. The class visits several ecosystems including sand pine scrub, cattle ranches, cypress swamps, and the Everglades.
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BIOEE 6900 : Seminar in Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases
Crosslisted as: ENTOM 6900 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Graduate-level discussion of the ecology, epidemiology, genetics, and evolution of infectious disease in animal and plant systems. Weekly discussion of research papers published in the primary scientific literature. Participation in discussion and presentation of at least one paper required for course credit.
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BIOEE 6900 : Seminar in Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases
Crosslisted as: ENTOM 6900 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Graduate-level discussion of the ecology, epidemiology, genetics, and evolution of infectious disease in animal and plant systems. Weekly discussion of research papers published in the primary scientific literature. Participation in discussion and presentation of at least one paper required for course credit.
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BIOEE 7570 : Seminar in Spatial Population Ecology
Crosslisted as: ENTOM 7570 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Examines the role of space for individuals, populations and communities in ecology. Each weekly meeting will be a discussion based on journal articles and book chapters. General topics will be individual movement, dispersal, range; observation scale, spatial synchrony; landscape ecology; habitat fragmentation: (meta) population dynamics, population genetics and evolution; species interactions and community structure; climate change, invasion, extinction and conservation.
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BIOEE 7600 : Special Topics in Evolution and Ecology
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Independent or group-intensive study of special topics of current interest. Content varies each semester.
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BIOEE 7600 : Special Topics in Evolution and Ecology
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Independent or group-intensive study of special topics of current interest. Content varies each semester.
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BIOEE 7640 : Plant-Insect Interactions Seminar
Crosslisted as: BIONB 7640, ENTOM 7640 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Group intensive study of current research in plant-insect interactions. Topics vary from semester to semester but include chemical defense, coevolution, insect community structure, population regulation, biocontrol, tritrophic interactions, and mutualism.
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BIOEE 7640 : Plant-Insect Interactions Seminar
Crosslisted as: BIONB 7640, ENTOM 7640 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Group intensive study of current research in plant-insect interactions. Topics vary from semester to semester but include chemical defense, coevolution, insect community structure, population regulation, biocontrol, tritrophic interactions, and mutualism.
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BIOEE 7670 : Current Topics in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Critical evaluation and discussion of theory and research in ecology and evolutionary biology. Lectures by faculty and student-led discussions of topics in areas of current importance.
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BIOEE 7800 : Graduate Seminar in Ornithology
Crosslisted as: NTRES 7800 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Group intensive study of current research in ornithology built around a research seminar series covering a wide variety of projects and topics in ornithology and related disciplines, including avian ecology, evolution, conservation, behavior, and physiology. Each weekly seminar is followed by informal discussion and networking that builds connections among the large community of Cornell students and scholars with an interest in avian biology. Students at all stages are welcome (not just graduate students). The participation of ornithologically inclined undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs who are in their first Fall at Cornell is particularly encouraged, as this venue creates connections that often lead to additional experiential opportunities.
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BIOEE 8990 : M.S. Thesis Research
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Thesis research conducted by an M.S. student in the field of ecology and evolutionary biology with advice and consultation of a major professor who is a member of the field.
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BIOEE 8990 : M.S. Thesis Research
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Thesis research conducted by an M.S. student in the field of ecology and evolutionary biology with advice and consultation of a major professor who is a member of the field.
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BIOEE 9990 : Ph.D. Dissertation Research
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Dissertation research conducted by a Ph.D. student in the field of ecology and evolutionary biology with advice and consultation of a major professor who is a member of the field.
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BIOEE 9990 : Ph.D. Dissertation Research
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Dissertation research conducted by a Ph.D. student in the field of ecology and evolutionary biology with advice and consultation of a major professor who is a member of the field.
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