Courses - Spring 2021

BIOEE 1130 The Art and Science of Birds

Art and science have always been fundamentally linked. Before the invention of photography, illustration was the main documentation tool in science; even now, artistic representations are used to communicate important scientific discoveries. This course is led by the staff biological illustrator at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology with visiting professional illustrator and ornithology guest lecturers, to showcase how art can be an invaluable part of explaining science, and conversely how bird studies can inform and promote artistic expression. You will learn about the basics of bird anatomy to inform your drawings, as well as techniques in sketching to foster an appreciation of how science and art can reinforce each other in enriching your life. No prior art experience is required or expected. Beginning with the fundamentals of observational drawing, the course blends art instruction with ornithology science covering a range of interconnected topics

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Jillian Ditner (jd958)
Irby Lovette (ijl2)
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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, BIO-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Robert Howarth (rwh2)
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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: Elizabeth Lombardi (eml239)
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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, BIO-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Robert Reed (rdr96)
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BIOEE 2740 The Vertebrates: Comparative Anatomy, Function, Paleontology, and Evolution

Introductory course in vertebrate organismal biology that explores the anatomy and function of vertebrates with an emphasis on vertebrate evolution. Lectures cover topics such as the origin, anatomy, physiology, paleontology, 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.

Distribution: (OPHLS-AG, PBS-AS, BIO-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Willy Bemis (web24)
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BIOEE 3620 Dynamic Models in Biology

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.

Distribution: (MQR-AS, BIO-AS, SMR-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Stephen Ellner (spe2)
Alexander Vladimirsky (abv8)
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BIOEE 3690 Chemical Ecology

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.

Distribution: (OPHLS-AG, PBS-AS, BIO-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Georg Jander (gj32)
Andre Kessler (ak357)
Robert Raguso (rar229)
Jennifer Thaler (jst37)
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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 4460 Plant Behavior and Biotic Interactions, Lecture

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.            

Distribution: (PBS-AS, BIO-AS, SDS-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Andre Kessler (ak357)
Robert Raguso (rar229)
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BIOEE 4461 Plant Behavior and Biotic Interactions, Laboratory

Laboratory course covering topics presented in BIOEE 4460/BIONB 4460/PLSCI 4460.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Andre Kessler (ak357)
Robert Raguso (rar229)
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BIOEE 4530 Speciation: Genetics, Ecology, and Behavior

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.

Distribution: (PBS-AS, BIO-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Kerry Shaw (kls4)
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BIOEE 4690 Food, Agriculture, and Society

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.

Distribution: (OPHLS-AG, PBS-AS, BIO-AS, GLC-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Alison Power (agp4)
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BIOEE 4700 Herpetology, Lectures

Lectures cover various aspects of the biology of amphibians and reptiles, including evolution, zoogeography, ecology, behavior, and physiology.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Kelly Zamudio (krz2)
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BIOEE 4701 Herpetology, Laboratory

Laboratory topics include systematics, morphology, and behavior.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Kelly Zamudio (krz2)
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BIOEE 4780 Ecosystem Biology and Global Change

Examines ecosystem structure, carbon and energy flow, and nutrient cycles, and how these processes respond to environmental variations. Reviews classic ecosystem experiments, and considers effects on ecosystems from human-driven environmental changes, such as climate change, air pollution, excess nitrogen use, and land-use change.

Distribution: (PBS-AS, BIO-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Christine Goodale (clg33)
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BIOEE 4790 Paleobiology

Surveys the major groups of invertebrate organisms and their evolutionary histories, and the theoretical and practical principles of paleontology, from biostratigraphy to macroevolution. 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, and the paleontological backgrounds of biology students interested in ecology and evolution.

Distribution: (OPHLS-AG, PBS-AS, BIO-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Warren Allmon (wda1)
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BIOEE 4800 Ecological Genetics

Ecological Genetics focuses on the application of population genetic concepts in ecological contexts, with emphases on measuring adaptation in natural populations, detecting the effects of population demography, and determining the genetic basis of quantitative traits. Illustrative examples will be drawn from the primary research literature to demonstrate experimental techniques and methods of data analysis on single-gene, multi-locus and genome-wide scales.

Distribution: (PBS-AS, BIO-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Brian Lazzaro (bl89)
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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. The same course is not to be offered more than twice under this number.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Xiangtao Xu (xx286)
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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.

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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 7570 Seminar in Spatial Population Ecology

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Saskya van Nouhuys (sdv2)
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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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Anurag Agrawal (aa337)
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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)
Andre Kessler (ak357)
Katja Poveda (kap235)
Robert Raguso (rar229)
Jennifer Thaler (jst37)
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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.

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