BIOEE 8990 : M.S. Thesis Research
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Robert Howarth
Willy Bemis
Nelson Hairston
Drew Harvell
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 2019 Instructor:
Anurag Agrawal
Katja Poveda
Robert Raguso
Jennifer Thaler
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 2019 Instructor:
Michelle Smith
Kelly Zamudio
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 2019 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 2019 Instructor:
Brian Lazzaro
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 4980 : Teaching Experience
Semester offered: Spring 2019 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 4940 : Special Topics in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Megan Bishop
Jillian Ditner
Irby Lovette
The department offers "trial" courses or seminars under this number. Offerings vary by semester and are advertised by the department before the semester starts. Courses offered under this number will be approved by the Biological Sciences Curriculum Committee, and the same course is not to be offered more than twice under this number.
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BIOEE 4930 : Marine Invertebrate Biodiversity
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Drew Harvell
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 2019 Instructor:
Charles Greene
Drew Harvell
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. 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 4800 : Ecological Genetics of Infection and Disease
Crosslisted as: ENTOM 4700 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Brian Lazzaro
Special offering of Ecological Genetics. The standard Ecological Genetics course focuses on the application of population genetic concepts in ecological or applied contexts, with emphases on measuring adaptation in natural populations, detecting the effects of population demography, and determining the genetic basis of quantitative traits. In this special offering, the contextual examples will be related to host-microbe interactions and the establishment and spread of infectious disease in natural populations of animals and plants. 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. Although the examples used class will focus on infection, resistance, and host-pathogen co-evolution, the experimental and methodological approaches can also be applied to other ecologically relevant traits and processes.
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