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Fall Academic Term 2003 Course Guide

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Courses in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


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Fall Academic Term, 2003 (September 2 - December 19)


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).

Beginning with the Fall 2002 term, there have been some changes in how courses are listed. 100- and 200-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 Biology


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 EEB. (1-3). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 9 credits.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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. The student may ask an appropriate faculty member in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary 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/department

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

Instructor(s):

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

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). May not be repeated for credit. Satisfies a Biology laboratory requirement. Laboratory fee ($75) required.

Credits: (4).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($75) required.

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

See Environment 337.001.

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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). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/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.

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

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 EEB. (1-3). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 9 credits. Continuing Course. Y grade can be reported at end of the first-term to indicate work in progress. At the end of the second term of EEB 400, the final grade is posted for both term's elections.

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 EEB 300 for more information.)

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

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

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Kevin Eldon Wehrly

Prerequisites & Distribution: BIOLOGY 162 and one additional biology course. (3). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Environment 422.001.

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

Instructor(s): Kevin Eldon Wehrly

Prerequisites & Distribution: BIOLOGY 162 and one additional biology course. (1). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit. Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Credits: (1).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Environment 423.

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EEB 442(BIOLOGY 442). Biology of Insects.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Laura Lacey Knowles

Prerequisites & Distribution: Any college-level biology course. (5). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit. Satisfies a Biology laboratory requirement. Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Credits: (5).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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EEB 450(BIOLOGY 450). Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Ronald A Nussbaum (nuss@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: BIOLOGY 162. (5). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit. Satisfies a Biology laboratory requirement. Laboratory fee ($70) required.

Credits: (5).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($70) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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EEB 463(BIOLOGY 463). Neotropical Plant Families.

Section 001 — A One Week Field Trip To A Tropical Botanical Garden In Florida Will Be Taken.

Instructor(s): Robyn J Burnham (rburnham@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: BIOLOGY 215 or EEB 459. (3). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www.biology.lsa.umich/courses/bio463/index.html

This course will introduce students to generic-level organization of 25 neo-tropical plant families. Families covered will include those that are (1) ecologically widespread and abundant in the neo-tropics (e.g., Fabaceae, Sapindaceae, Bignoniaceae) or (2) of particular taxonomic or economic significance (Lecythidaceae, Annonaceae). Each meeting will include a lecture and slides on the comparative morphology, anatomy, and significance of each family covered, and a laboratory session during which students will be able to examine specimens of each family and to take self-examinations on their ability to apply the characteristics. The course will include, when possible, a week-long field trip to a botanical garden in Florida, where students will be able to put to good use the training they have gained throughout the course. Guest lecturers will be invited to participate on topics of special interest. The course is intended for advanced undergraduate students and graduate students, both botanists and zoologists (including ecologically oriented students in both disciplines) who have a strong interest in tropical biology. It is expected that students from SNRE as well as LS&A will enroll in the course. There will be two one-hour lectures per week and two one and one-half hour laboratory sessions per week.

Every week a self-exam will be available on which students practice their identification skills. Every two weeks, an exam will be administered that will take less than 30 minutes and will serve as a baseline evaluation of the progress that students are making. A term paper will be required of all participants in which they focus on a large genus or small family of neotropical plants for the purposes of clarifying the phylogenetic relationships, economic or ethnobotanical uses, ecological importance, or biogeography of that small group. Oral presentations of the term papers will take place during the final week of the course.

Textbook: Gentry, A.H. 1996. A Field Guide to Woody Plants of Northwest South America. U. of Chicago Press.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

EEB 480(BIOLOGY 480). Computer-Aided Inferences in Evolution and Ecology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): George F Estabrook (gfred@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Senior natural science concentrator or graduate student. (4). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

EEB 480 teaches METHODS for formulating hypotheses and for generating predictions from them so that they may be tested with data. These methods will enable you, as a natural scientist, to participate responsibly in the design of your experiments, and in the making of inferences from the data they provide, free of the burden of unwanted mathematical assumptions. In EEB 480, you will learn about basic probability concepts, and how to use them to formulate testable hypotheses to explain natural phenomena. You will learn how to use the PASCAL language to describe your hypotheses so that predictions can be calculated using a personal computer. These predictions take the form of probability distributions. Computationally intense methods such as these avoid the need for inappropriate assumptions and mysterious mathematical techniques, and enable you to understand every step of your own argument.

The course presents three hours of explanatory lectures and two hours of computer workshops and discussions per week. During the first part of the course, students prepare small weekly projects to present and discuss with each other and the professor. During the second part of the course, each student formulates an hypothesis based on his or her own research project, and simulates predictions.

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

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Mercedes Pascual (pascual@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: A course in ecology. Calculus is strongly recommended. (4). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

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.

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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. Concurrent enrollment in EEB 355 and ENVIRON 435 highly recommended. (3). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit. Satisfies a Biology laboratory requirement. Laboratory fee ($30) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($30) required.

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

See Environment 430.001.

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EEB 498(BIOLOGY 498). The Ecology of Agroecosystems.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: A course in ecology. (3). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/fall/eeb/498/001.nsf

An analysis of ecological principles as they apply to agricultural ecosystems, emphasizing theoretical aspects but also covering empirical results of critical experiments. While the emphasis is on principles, practical applicability is also explored where appropriate. Physical, biological, and social forces will be integrated as necessary. Designed as preparation for active research in agroecosytem ecology.

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