Courses - Fall 2019

BIOEE 1150 Techniques of Avian Specimen Preparation

This course has two main objectives: 1) to illustrate the diverse uses of natural history collections for research, teaching and conservation, and 2) 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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Vanya Rohwer (vgr7)
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BIOEE 1180 Evolution

Evolution is the central concept in biology. This course examines evolution as a science and places it in an historical context. Classes 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, and climate change.

Distribution: (BIOLS-AG, OPHLS-AG, PBS-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Michelle Smith (mks274)
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BIOEE 1540 Introductory Oceanography

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.

Distribution: (OPHLS-AG, PBS-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Bruce Monger (bcm3)
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BIOEE 1560 Introductory Oceanography with Laboratory

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.

Distribution: (BIONLS-AG, PBS-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Bruce Monger (bcm3)
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BIOEE 1610 Introductory Biology: Ecology and the Environment

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.

Distribution: (BIO-AG, PBS-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Alison Power (agp4)
Justin St. Juliana (jrs626)
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BIOEE 1640 FWS: Topics in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

The First-Year Writing Seminar provides the opportunity to write extensively about issues related to ecology and evolutionary biology. Topics vary by section.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Alli Injaian (asi27)
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BIOEE 1780 An Introduction to Evolutionary Biology and Diversity

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.

Distribution: (BIO-AG, PBS-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Abby Drake (agd76)
Robert Reed (rdr96)
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BIOEE 1781 Introduction to Evolution and Diversity

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.

Distribution: (BIO-AG, PBS-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Lina Arcila Hernandez (lma84)
Kelly Zamudio (krz2)
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BIOEE 2525 Ecology and Conservation of Wildlife in the Neotropics

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 (BIOEE 2525) 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 (BIOEE 2526), 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 (BIOEE 2527) is focused on building skills in data analysis and scientific writing, based on the data collected in the field by each student.

Distribution: (BIO-AG)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Leonardo Campagna (lc736)
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BIOEE 2640 Tropical Field Ornithology

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Andre Dhondt (aad4)
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BIOEE 3610 Advanced Ecology

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).

Distribution: (PBS-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Stephen Ellner (spe2)
Jed Sparks (jps66)
Saskya van Nouhuys (sdv2)
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BIOEE 3611 Field Ecology

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.

Distribution: (PBS-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Andre Kessler (ak357)
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BIOEE 3730 Biodiversity and Biology of the Marine Invertebrates

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.

Distribution: (PBS-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Drew Harvell (cdh5)
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BIOEE 3780 Digital Morphology through CT

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.           

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Willy Bemis (web24)
Casey Dillman (cbd63)
Teresa Porri (tp252)
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BIOEE 4500 Mammalogy, Lectures

Lectures cover the evolution, diversity, functional morphology, behavior, ecology, and biogeography of living mammals. Selective coverage of mammalian fossils, conservation status, domestication, and diseases.

Distribution: (PBS-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Jeremy Searle (jbs295)
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BIOEE 4501 Mammalogy, Laboratory

Laboratory topics include the methodology of mammalogy, and the characteristics and diversity of mammals. Focus is on terrestrial mammals of North America.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Jeremy Searle (jbs295)
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BIOEE 4560 Stream Ecology

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.

Distribution: (PBS-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Alexander Flecker (asf3)
Peter McIntyre (pbm3)
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BIOEE 4720 Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems in a Changing Ocean

This course covers the interactions of physical and biological processes in a changing world ocean. It emphasizes large-scale processes, including global patterns of primary production; the responses of global ocean ecosystem dynamics to climate variability, climate change, ocean acidification, and other human impacts. This is a flipped course in which students read from the primary scientific literature and participate in student-led discussions on topics approved by the instructors.

Distribution: (OPHLS-AG, PBS-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Charles Greene (chg2)
Drew Harvell (cdh5)
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BIOEE 4940 Special Topics in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

The department offers "trial" courses or seminars under this number. Offerings vary by semester and are advertised by the department before the semester starts. The same course is not to be offered more than twice under this number.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Warren Allmon (wda1)
Willy Bemis (web24)
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BIOEE 4980 Teaching Experience

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Drew Harvell (cdh5)
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BIOEE 6900 Seminar in Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: David Peck (dtp36)
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BIOEE 7600 Special Topics in Evolution and Ecology

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

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Anurag Agrawal (aa337)
Katja Poveda (kap235)
Robert Raguso (rar229)
Jennifer Thaler (jst37)
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BIOEE 7670 Current Topics in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Monica Geber (mag9)
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BIOEE 7800 Graduate Seminar in Ornithology

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Irby Lovette (ijl2)
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BIOEE 8990 M.S. Thesis Research

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Andre Dhondt (aad4)
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BIOEE 9990 Ph.D. Dissertation Research

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Anurag Agrawal (aa337)
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