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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 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 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 7570 : Seminar in Spatial Population Ecology
Crosslisted as: ENTOM 7570 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Saskya van Nouhuys
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 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 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 4980 : Teaching Experience
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Justin St. Juliana
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 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 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 4790 : Paleobiology
Crosslisted as: EAS 4790 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Warren Allmon
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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