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Fall Academic Term 2002 Course Guide

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Courses in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


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Fall Academic Term, 2002 (September 3 - December 20)


The Department formerly known as Biology divided into two separate departments, EEB (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) and MCDB (Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology). The Interdepartmental Program in Biology (BIOLOGY) is administered jointly by the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) and the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB).

The concentration programs remain the same; however, there some changes in how courses are listed starting this fall term. 100 and 220 - level courses are listed under the subject of BIOLOGY, as are some of the core concentration courses such as Genetics, Biochemistry, and Evolution. Intermediate and upper level courses are listed under EEB or MCDB, depending on the course topics. Students must look under the three subjects to see whether or not a course is being offered.

Those students planning to register for independent research, 300 or 400, will enroll in either MCDB 300 or 400 or EEB 300 or 400, based on their faculty sponsor's departmental affiliation.

Courses in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Courses in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Courses in the Program in Biology

What is EEB?

Ecologists and evolutionary biologists seek to understand the origin and complex interactions of the earth's biodiversity and ecosystems. Their collective focus spans numerous levels of biological organization over multiple timescales; including genes, individuals, kin groups, populations, species, communities, and ecosystems. Studies in ecology and evolution strive to synthesize how these levels of organization are related to one another and what processes govern their interactions. Although the methods, background knowledge, and social context for such investigations have changed radically in recent decades, the fundamental questions about life remain, and their relevance to humans has increased. How did we get here? How does nature work? How will our role in nature change in the future?

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is a brand new entity resulting from an exciting reorganization of the Biological Sciences at the University of Michigan (effective July 1st 2001). The emergent EEB Department comprises diverse faculty members in the fields of population, community and ecosystems ecology, evolutionary biology, behavior, systematics, and paleontology,


EEB 300(BIOLOGY 300). Undergraduate Research.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Eight credits of biology and 3.0 grade point average in science; permission of faculty member in biology. (1-3). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

EEB 300 intended primarily for juniors, including Honors students, who wish to pursue independent research or study at an intermediate level in an area of biological science. Students may ask an appropriate faculty member in the Department of Biology to direct the research project and supervise related readings. The project may take the form of an investigation of new problems in the field or laboratory, a detailed investigation of primary sources (a literature survey), development of new procedures or programs, design of a classroom experiment, etc. A final paper is required and must be approved by the research advisor.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Instructor

EEB 302(BIOLOGY 302). Teaching Experience for Undergraduates.

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). May not be included in any of the Biological Sciences concentration programs. (EXPERIENTIAL).

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Undergraduates participating in this course are responsible for:

  1. aiding regularly assigned Graduate Student Instructors;
  2. providing tutorial help for undergraduates enrolled in the course;
  3. meeting regularly with discussion and laboratory sessions; and
  4. participating with Graduate Student Instructors in instructional activities.

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EEB 355(BIOLOGY 355) / ENVIRON 337 / NRE 337. Woody Plants I: Biology and Identification.

Section 001 Meets with NRE 437.

Instructor(s): Burton V Barnes (bvb@umich.edu), Melanie Elizabet Gunn

Prerequisites & Distribution: BIOLOGY 162. (4). (Excl). (BS). Satisfies a Biology laboratory requirement. Laboratory fee ($45) required.

Credits: (4).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($45) required.

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~nre337/

See Environment 337.001.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

EEB 380(BIOLOGY 380). Oceanography: Marine Ecology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): John T Lehman (jtlehman@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: BIOLOGY 162, and at least one term of college chemistry or physics. (3). (Excl). (BS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/eeb/380/001.nsf

Marine ecology is a study of the organisms and processes of the ocean, including both water and sediment communities. This course teaches physical and chemical aspects, but emphasizes biological aspects of oceanography, and applies ecological and evolutionary principles to the study of marine life. Lectures introduce the major groups of marine organisms and cover the interrelationships of marine organisms and their environments. Organisms and communities from the following habitats are discussed: estuaries; the rocky intertidal; coral reefs; the coastal zone; the deep sea; and the open ocean. The course treats organisms as different as bacteria and whales. This course is required for the Marine Biology option of the undergraduate Oceanography concentration. Grading is based on two one-hour exams plus a comprehensive final.

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EEB 400(BIOLOGY 400). Advanced Research.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: 12 credits of biology, 3.0 average in science, and permission of faculty member in biology. (1-3). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Intended for those engaged in original research at an advanced level. This course number is most frequently elected by senior Honors students who have completed EEB 300 and who are completing their research and writing their thesis. A final paper is required. (Refer to the description of Biology 300 for more information.)

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Instructor

EEB 401(BIOLOGY 401). Advanced Topics in Biology.

Section 001 Evolution and Revolution in Land Ecosystems.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Intended for senior concentrators. The prerequisites will be set by the instructor as appropriate for each section. (3). (Excl). (BS). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course takes a historical approach to the development of terrestrial ecosystems from the early Paleozoic to the present, emphasizing plants, but also considering the interactions between primary producers and herbivores. Topics include: the earliest terrestrial ecosystems; early vascular plants, vegetation, and food chains; the first forests paleoecology of the Carboniferous coal swamps; the rise of seed plants and their effects on landscape occupation; the beginnings of vertebrate herbivory; Permian/Triassic extinctions on land; early Mesozoic vegetation and possible interactions of plants with herbivorous tetrapods; the Cretaceous expansion of flowering plants and possible links to dinosaurs and mammals; the K/T extinctions and their effects on terrestrial ecosystems; the early Paleogene "forest world"; ecosystems of the mid-Cenozoic and their relation to cooling/drying climate and the development of open vegetation; the effect of rapid climatic oscillations on Pleistocene land ecosystems.

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EEB 433(BIOLOGY 433) / NRE 433. Ornithology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Robert B Payne (rbpayne@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: BIOLOGY 162. (4). (Excl). (BS). Laboratory fee ($75) required.

Credits: (4).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($75) required.

Course Homepage: http://www.ummz.umich.edu/birds/ornclass/

This course is an introduction to BIRDS, including their evolution, ecology, behavior, anatomy, and physiology. It is a lecture and lab course. The study of birds includes lectures, laboratories, and local field trips. Students will be introduced to the native birds of Michigan, with an emphasis on identifying common birds of Michigan by sight or sound. Lecture topics include the origin of birds, their adaptations for different life styles, their individual and social behavior, migration, and breeding biology, including cooperative breeding and brood parasitism. Population biology, geographic variation, and the origins of bird species will be described. Field trips to different habitats and laboratories on morphology, systematics, and behavior will be arranged. Textbooks are F. B. Gill, Ornithology, and R. T. Peterson, Field Guide to the Birds. Student evaluation is based on field and lab quizzes, lab exams, an individual paper, and a written final exam.

Textbooks:

  1. Ornithology, 2nd ed. 1995. F. B. Gill. Freeman.
  2. Birds of Eastern and Central North America. Peterson Field Guides, 5th ed. 2002. Houghton-Mifflin.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

EEB 440(BIOLOGY 440) / ENVIRON 422 / NRE 422. Biology of Fishes.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): William L. Fink (wfink@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: BIOLOGY 162 and one additional biology course. (3). (Excl). (BS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~bio440/

See Environment 422.001.

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EEB 441(BIOLOGY 441) / ENVIRON 423 / NRE 423. The Biology of Fishes Laboratory.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Gerald Ray Smith (grsmith@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: BIOLOGY 162 and one additional biology course. (1). (Excl). (BS).

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~bio440/

See Environment 423.001.

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EEB 458(BIOLOGY 458). Biology of the Algae.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Michael J Wynne (mwynne@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: BIOLOGY 162 or 255. (5). (Excl). (BS). Satisfies a Biology laboratory requirement. Laboratory fee ($40) required.

Credits: (5).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($40) required.

Course Homepage: http://www.biology.lsa.umich.edu/courses/bio458/bio458.html

This course studies the very diverse group of plants and photosynthetic protistans collectively known as "the algae," which includes the prokaryotic blue-green algae (Cyanobacteria) and the eukaryotic green, golden, yellow-green, brown, and red algae as well as well as the euglenoids, dinoflagellates, and cryptomonads. The framework of the course is a systematic orientation, examining representative examples from the various algal groups, mostly from living material but also from prepared slides and preserved specimens. It treats both freshwater and marine types and includes identification, structure, reproduction, ecology, and stresses the interrelationships among the algae. A comparative approach is followed. The use of algae as research tools is stressed, where appropriate. Two lectures and two laboratory sessions per week are scheduled, and two field trips are planned.

Textbook: Graham, L.E. & L.W. Wilcox. 2000. Algae. Prentice-Hall.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: Contact instructor to put name on wait list.

EEB 468(BIOLOGY 468). Mushrooms and Molds: Biology and Use.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Robert D Fogel (rfogel@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: BIOLOGY 162. (5). (Excl). (BS). Satisfies a Biology laboratory requirement. Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Credits: (5).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The mushrooms and molds have changed the course of human history and continue to have a profound impact on man and the global ecosystem as important plant, insect, and human pathogens and as important nutrient recyclers. Their increasing importance in biotechnology has brought new recognition to these fascinating and unique organisms. This course surveys the members of the Kingdom Fungi, provides an introduction to their ecology, physiology, genetics, and importance in biotechnology, medical mycology, and plant pathology through lectures, laboratories, and field trips. This course is important for students interested in careers in biotechnology, medical mycology, biodiversity, plant pathology, forest pathology, systematics, and ecology. Grades are based on three hourly exams and a term project. General Biology (BIOLOGY 162), or equivalent, is a recommended prerequisite.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

EEB 477(BIOLOGY 477). Laboratory in Field Ecology.

Section 001 THIS COURSE WILL MEET SEPTEMBER 13 - OCTOBER 20, FRI. EVENINGS BEGINNING AT 7 PM AND CONCLUDING SUN. EVENINGS AT 7 PM. Meets with Environment 455.001. (Drop/Add deadline=September 23).

Instructor(s): John H Vandermeer (jvander@umich.edu), Ivette Perfecto (perfecto@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: A course in ecology. (5). (Excl). (BS). Laboratory fee ($30) required.

Mini/Short course

Credits: (5).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($30) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Ecology students require intensive practice in making field observations and systematically exploring the implications of those observations. One vehicle for doing so is the "field problem" based course, in which a faculty member chooses a general topic and works with a small group of students exploring that topic for an entire day. The field problem-based course is distinct from the laboratory course in that field problems seek to explore an unknown area. The course does not include "set labs" or repeats of well-known patterns. The professor and students seek to explore a specific research question that has not been examined before. The exercise of working through the details of a new problem along with the professor gives the student practice in the creative part of the scientific endeavor. Working with a variety of faculty members the student experiences several "styles" of doing science. The general structure of the course, centered around the field problem, encourages a great deal of discussion among students and between students and faculty. A major goal of the course is to facilitate that discussion. In addition, there is a relatively large lecture load, with an average of four lectures per week.

The Patterson Lake Nature Center is in southeastern Livingston County, approximately 25 miles northwest of Ann Arbor. The Center adjoins the E.S. George Reserve, a University of Michigan research facility. Together the two offer nearly 2,000 acres of protected wildlands, containing a great variety of terrestrial and aquatic habitats all available for research and teaching.

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EEB 481(BIOLOGY 481). Population Dynamics and Ecology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Mercedes Pascual

Prerequisites & Distribution: A course in ecology. Calculus is strongly recommended. (4). (Excl). (BS).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

An examination of the principles of population ecology. Theoretical and empirical research on population dynamics and regulation of managed and natural populations are emphasized, as well as the development of the mathematical and computer skills for modeling dynamics of single and interacting populations. Specific topics include concepts of linear and nonlinear dynamics, demography, life history evolution, density-dependence and population regulation, and basic models of competition, mutualism, predator-prey, host-disease, and other population interactions. A background in ecology or permission of the instructor is required. There will be two 1.5 hour lectures and one two hour discussion section a week. Discussion sections will cover original readings from the literature and techniques for modeling populations. Course requirements include a computer modeling project, a midterm, and a final.

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EEB 489(BIOLOGY 489) / ENVIRON 430 / NRE 430. Soil Properties and Processes.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Donald R Zak (drzak@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: BIOLOGY 162 and chemistry. (3). (Excl). (BS). Satisfies a Biology laboratory requirement. Laboratory fee ($25) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($25) required.

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~nre430/

See Environment 430.001.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

EEB 499(BIOLOGY 499). Dynamic Systems in Population and Community Ecology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): John H Vandermeer (jvander@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: A course in calculus and EEB 481. (3). (Excl). (BS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course will first cover classical notions of dynamic systems theory (e.g., Rayleigh's model of musical instruments, Duffing's non-linear oscillator, the Van der Pol oscillator, Poincaré's three-bodied problem) and elementary notions of dynamic systems in ecology (Lotka-Volterra-style equations of predation, competition, and mutualism, 1-D models of logistic and higher order maps). Second, the course will explore the more recent developments in dynamics, as applied to population and community ecology. Some of the topics include chaotic behavior of 1-D maps, strange attractors and chaotic behavior in classical systems, new analytical techniques for analyzing experimental data (e.g., Poincaré sections, Lyapunov exponents), pattern in chaotic systems. Each student is expected to develop a model of an ecological system and explore whatever complicated dynamics are contained therein.

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