EEB 401 - Advanced Topics in Biology
Section: 001 Microbes in the Wild: Environmental Microbio Lab
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB)
Department: LSA Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Intended for senior majors. The prerequisites will be set by the instructor as appropriate for each section.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Advancement in microbial sciences has been tightly coupled with technological innovation since the discovery of microbial life by Antonie van Leeuwenhoek in the 1670s using a self-made microscope. This relationship holds today, as we are swept into a “big data fast” era, whereby novel microorganisms, metabolisms, life histories, and interactions are described at an increasing rate using advanced technologies. Yet, there is a need for microbiologists to simultaneously master classical approaches to culturing and observation. In the lecture component of this course, students will learn the theory behind classical and state-of-the-art techniques used to study the ecology and evolution of microorganisms. In the laboratory, student project development and hypothesis testing will drive the application of methods, which may include: advanced microscopy, culturing to target specific metabolisms, functional diversity descriptions, isolation and identification of microbes and their viruses, analysis of sequence data to study microbial community ecology (e.g., 16S rRNA gene sequencing) and genomics of viral isolates. Students will master skills needed to (i) build their microbial methods tool-set to develop deeper and more specific questions and hypotheses, and (ii) increase competitiveness for future academic and professional pursuits in environmental, human, and public health sciences, engineering, and sustainability sciences.

This fall term advanced lab course will follow a 2 week field course held at the UM Biological Station (UMBS) in the second half of August that will include an overnight field expedition on a research vessel in the Great Lakes. The fall term will focus on the analysis of student projects developed at the UMBS. These two courses are designed to be taken in sequence, but if needed can be taken independently.

For additional information on the UMBS Field Course, please see the following link to the course description

EEB 401 - Advanced Topics in Biology
Schedule Listing
001 (LAB)
MW 10:00AM - 11:00AM
W 11:00AM - 2:00PM
002 (LAB)
Note: This section meets Aug. 12 - Aug. 24 at the U-M Biological Field Station and is associated with EEB 401-001 (fall term on-campus lab). More info: Contact the dept. with questions.
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