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BIOEE 1610 : Introductory Biology: Ecology and the Environment
Semester offered: Spring 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 1780 : An Introduction to Evolutionary Biology and Diversity
Semester offered: Spring 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 2526 : Neotropical Wildlife Biology
Semester offered: Spring 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 2740 : The Vertebrates: Comparative Anatomy, Function, and Evolution
Semester offered: Spring 2017 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 3510 : Conservation Oceanography
Crosslisted as: EAS 3510 Semester offered: Spring 2017 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 3620 : Dynamic Models in Biology
Crosslisted as: MATH 3620 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Introductory survey of the development, computer implementation, and applications of dynamic models in biology and ecology. Case-study format covering a broad range of current application areas such as regulatory networks, neurobiology, cardiology, infectious disease management, and conservation of endangered species. Students also learn how to construct and study biological systems models on the computer using a scripting and graphics environment.
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BIOEE 3690 : Chemical Ecology
Crosslisted as: BIONB 3690, ENTOM 3690 Semester offered: Spring 2017 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 3780 : Computerized Tomography of Vertebrates
Semester offered: Spring 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 2017 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 2017 Instructor:
Laboratory course covering topics presented in BIOEE 4460/BIONB 4460/PLSCI 4460.
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BIOEE 4530 : Speciation: Genetics, Ecology, and Behavior
Crosslisted as: BIONB 4530 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Advanced course in evolutionary biology focusing on the pattern and process of speciation and the nature and origin of behavioral, morphological, physiological, and ecological traits that form the intrinsic barriers to gene exchange. Lecture topics include species concepts and definitions, the history of ideas about speciation, the biological basis of intrinsic barriers to gene exchange, current models for the origin of such barriers, genetic architecture of speciation, rates of speciation. Emphasis is on developing a rigorous conceptual framework for discussing speciation and on detailed analysis of a series of case histories.
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BIOEE 4700 : Herpetology, Lectures
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Lectures cover various aspects of the biology of amphibians and reptiles, including evolution, zoogeography, ecology, behavior, and physiology.
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BIOEE 4701 : Herpetology, Laboratory
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Laboratory topics include systematics, morphology, and behavior.
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BIOEE 4780 : Ecosystem Biology and Global Change
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Examines ecosystem structure, carbon and energy flow, and nutrient cycles, and contrasts terrestrial and aquatic systems. Reviews classic ecosystem experiments, and considers anthropogenic effects on ecosystems, such as from acid precipitation, fossil fuel combustion, nitrogen pollution, and climate change.
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BIOEE 4790 : Paleobiology
Crosslisted as: EAS 4790 Semester offered: Spring 2017 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 4800 : Ecological Genetics
Crosslisted as: ENTOM 4700 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Focuses on the application of population genetic concepts in ecological or applied contexts. Emphasizes measuring adaptation in natural populations, detecting the effects of population demography, and determining the genetic basis of quantitative traits. Draws examples from primary research on animals and plants to illustrate experimental techniques and methods of data analysis on single-gene, multi-locus and genome-wide scale.
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BIOEE 4920 : Special Topics in Ocean Biodiversity: Ocean Biodiversity Research Apprenticeship
Semester offered: Spring 2017 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 2017 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: Spring 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 6900 : Seminar in Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases
Crosslisted as: ENTOM 6900 Semester offered: Spring 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 7570 : Seminar in Spatial Population Ecology
Crosslisted as: ENTOM 7570 Semester offered: Spring 2017 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: Spring 2017 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: Spring 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 7650 : Professional Development in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Group discussion on professional activities for academic ecologists and evolutionary biologists. Topics include: writing a CV, publication strategies, finding a postdoc, the tenure process, grant writing, manuscript reviews, networking, public speaking, and scientific collaboration.
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BIOEE 8990 : M.S. Thesis Research
Semester offered: Spring 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 9990 : Ph.D. Dissertation Research
Semester offered: Spring 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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