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Winter Academic Term 2003 Course Guide

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Courses in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


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Winter Academic Term, 2003 (January 6 - April 25)

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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 maximum 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 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.

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

Instructor(s):

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

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 315 / ENVIRON 315. The Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Mercedes Pascual (pascual@umich.edu) , Johannes Foufopoulos (jfoufop@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: BIOLOGY 100 or 162. (3). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Introduces the population ecology and evolution of parasites and disease-causing agents impacting human, animal, and plant health. The emphasis will be on patterns of temporal change and spatial spread at the population level. Main themes include the impact of environmental change, particularly in climate, on infectious diseases, the connection between biodiversity and health, the role of disease in conservation, and the co-evolution of hosts and parasites.

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EEB 341(BIOLOGY 341). Parasitology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Barry M Oconnor (bmoc@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: BIOLOGY 162. (4). (Excl). (BS). Satisfies a Biology laboratory requirement. Laboratory fee ($30) required. May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($30) required.

Course Homepage: http://www.ummz.lsa.umich.edu/curators/bmoc/bio341/

This course concentrates on the biology of animal/animal interactions including parasitism, commensalism, and mutualism. The focus is primarily evolutionary and ecological, with emphasis on the origins and development of such associations. The organismal approach will be stressed in studies of Protozoa, various helminth groups and arthropods, with examples including parasites of medical and veterinary importance. Discussions of host-parasite interactions will include co-evolutionary perspectives. No specific background other than introductory biology is required, although courses in ecology and evolutionary biology will be helpful. Students will be evaluated on the basis of two hour-exams, a lecture final, a term paper, laboratory quizzes, and a practical examination. This course consists of three lectures and one lab weekly. Textbook: Roberts and Janovy, Foundations of Parasitology, 6th ed.

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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 maximum 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 EEB 300 for more information.)

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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). Satisfies a Biology laboratory requirement. Laboratory fee ($70) required. May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (5).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($70) required.

Course Homepage: http://biology.lsa.umich.edu/courses/bio450/

Lectures on the evolution, behavior, ecology, and life history of amphibians and reptiles. Laboratory exercises and field trips emphasize identification, life history, adaptations, and field methods. Textbook: H. Pough. et al. Herpetology, 2nd Edition, Prentice Hall.

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EEB 459(BIOLOGY 459). Systematic Botany.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Charles Davis (chdavis@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: BIOLOGY 162 or 255. (4). (Excl). (BS). Satisfies a Biology laboratory requirement. Laboratory fee ($30) required. May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($30) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Plant biodiversity taught with lectures, color projection slides, specimens, living plants, and laboratories. The goal is to provide an overview of the origin and radiation of the major lineages of green plants, with the main emphasis on flowering plants. Emphasis at level of orders, families, and genera, temperate and tropical, to familiarize students with plants from all parts of the world. Subjects like habitats, endangered species, geography, biosystematics, phylogeny, and floral biology are given special lectures. Plant systematics is essential to botanists but the course is needed also by conservationists, ecologists, zoologists, foresters, and ethnobotanists. Some students take the course simply because they enjoy plants. Two midterms, a final, and lab quizzes.

Textbook: Judd et al. 2002 (2nd Edition) Plant Systematics - A Phylogenetic Approach. Sinauer Associates.

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EEB 473(BIOLOGY 473). Aquatic Ecology Project Lab.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): George W Kling II (gwk@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: A course in ecology. No credit is granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in EEB 484. (3). (Excl). (BS). Laboratory fee ($70) required. May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($70) required.

Course Homepage: http://www.biology.lsa.umich.edu/~gwk/teaching/index.htm

This Hughes course has an emphasis quite different from the more "cookbook" style of some laboratory courses, and it is structured around student project activities using the most modern research techniques. Some of the classes will be spent learning these techniques, but, very quickly, the students are guided through the process of designing a research project. There is an overall theme to all of the research projects (such as "changes over time in aquatic ecosystems"), and the students implement the research during the remainder of the academic term. They produce reports on their findings, and these reports are then combined and assembled by the students into a synthetic body of information. Thus, the fundamental focus of the course is to provide students with the tools to not only perform relevant research in aquatic ecosystems, but to provide students with the experience of bringing this research to a greater audience through the presentation or publication of results.

This course is intended primarily for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students. There will be two 3-hour lab sessions per week. Laboratory assignments and projects, written exams, and field trips will comprise requirements for this course.

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EEB 483(BIOLOGY 483). Limnology: Freshwater Ecology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): George W Kling II (gwk@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Advanced undergraduate or graduate standing, with background in physics, chemistry, biology, or water-related sciences. (3). (Excl). (BS). (QR/1). May not be repeated for credit.

Full QR

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www.biology.lsa.umich.edu/~gwk/teaching/index.htm

Limnology is the study of lakes, streams, and wetlands. This course focuses on the integration of physical, chemical, and biological properties of aquatic systems in order to understand the structure and function of these systems and their response to perturbations. Some of the topics covered in this course are:

  • the origin of lakes;
  • the ecology of aquatic organisms such as bacteria, algae, zooplankton, benthos, and fish;
  • the biogeochemical cycling of carbon and nutrients;
  • the pollution and eutrophication of lakes;
  • the dynamics and flow of energy in food webs;
  • paleolimnology; and
  • experimental investigations using whole lakes.

Lectures provide the student with a basic understanding of biological, physical, and chemical limnology in addition to presenting information from the current literature. Grades are based on exams and problem sets (no term paper). There is a required course pack and no textbook. A laboratory is offered as a separate course (EEB 473). This course fills concentration requirements in the area of Ecology and Evolution.

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EEB 487(BIOLOGY 487) / ENVIRON 409 / NRE 409. Ecology of Fishes.

Section 001 This section for students electing LEC/LAB. [4 credits]. Meets with EEB 487.003.

Instructor(s): Edward S Rutherford (edwardr@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: One course in ecology. (Lectures: 3 credits; lectures and lab: 4 credits). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (Lectures: 3 credits; lectures and lab: 4 credits).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Environment 409.001.

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EEB 487(BIOLOGY 487) / ENVIRON 409 / NRE 409. Ecology of Fishes.

Section 003 This section for student electing LEC only, and grad students. [3 Credits]. Meets with EEB 487.001.

Instructor(s): Edward S Rutherford (edwardr@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: One course in ecology. (Lectures: 3 credits; lectures and lab: 4 credits). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (Lectures: 3 credits; lectures and lab: 4 credits).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Environment 409.001.

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EEB 488(BIOLOGY 488). Microbial Ecology of Terrestrial Ecosystems.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: BIOLOGY 162. (3). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www.herb.lsa.umich.edu/teaching/Bio488/488_indx.htm

Biotechnology has brought new recognition to these fascinating and unique organisms. This lecture course surveys the members of the soil biota (bacteria, fungi, insects, and other invertebrates), provides an introduction to their ecology, structure and function of terrestrial ecosystems, and importance to man in biotechnology, maintaining and restoring ecosystem productivity, and plant pathology. This course provides useful training for students interested in careers in biotechnology, plant pathology, forest pathology, soil biology, and microbial ecology. Grades are based on three hourly exams and a group project. Textbook: Paul, E.A. and F.E. Clark, 1996. Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry. Academic Press. ISBN 0-12-546806-7

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EEB 490(BIOLOGY 490). Population and Quantitative Genetics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jianzhi Zhang (jianzhi@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: BIOLOGY 305. (3). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://biology.lsa.umich.edu/www/bio490/

The purpose of this course is to introduce population genetics as it relates to all branches of modern biology. Emphasis will be placed on basic concepts and methods. We will systematically examine the effects of mutation, migration, selection, and random drift on genetic variations within and between populations and will introduce key methods of molecular population genetics and evolution. Real data, mostly from recent literature, will be discussed to illustrate the power of population genetics in addressing questions related to human origins, development, ecology, diseases, etc. Students will also have ample opportunities to apply the theories to real biological questions and to get familiar with some frequently used software in the field. We anticipate students to develop "population" thinking during the course, which has not been emphasized in most molecular biology courses. Evaluation will be by ~ five assignments and one term paper.

Textbook: Hartl & Clark, Principles of Population Genetics, 3rd Ed., Sinauer, 1997.

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EEB 496(BIOLOGY 496) / ENVIRON 425 / NRE 425. Population Ecology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): James Edward Breck (breck@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: General ecology and calculus; and ENVIRON 438; experience with computer spreadsheets desired. (4). (Excl). (BS). Satisfies a Biology laboratory requirement. May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.snre.umich.edu/NRE425/index.html

See Environment 425.001.

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EEB 497(BIOLOGY 497). Community Ecology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Deborah E Goldberg (degold@umich.edu) , Earl E Werner (eewerner@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

An examination of current theory and empirical research on ecological communities. Emphasis is on the analyses of patterns in community structure and species diversity, and the mechanisms responsible for generating and maintaining these patterns. Specific topics include the roles of species interactions such as: competition, predation, and mutualisms; spatial and temporal heterogeneity; landscape structure and biogeography, in community processes. A background in ecology is required. Readings are from the original literature. There are two one and one-half hour lecture/discussions per week.

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EEB 532(BIOLOGY 532). Birds of the World.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Sixteen credits of biology and permission of instructor. (4). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is a comparative survey of avian systematics and the world avifauna. It provides systematic training in ornithology, particularly at the species and family level, and utilizes the research collections of birds (study skins and anatomical materials) of the Museum of Zoology. It highlights problems for research in the evolutionary systematics of birds. Testable objectives include an ability to identify birds to family or lower level and discuss their systematic relationships. Methods include lectures, demonstrations of avian diversity with the museum collections, bioacoustic analysis, library readings, and experience in independent research in systematic ornithology. Student evaluations are based on exams and papers.

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EEB 541(BIOLOGY 541) / PSYCH 532 / PHYSIOL 541 / ANAT 541. Mammalian Reproductive Endocrinology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Theresa M Love

Prerequisites & Distribution: BIOLOGY 310 or 311, or BIOLCHEM 415. (4). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Physiology 541.001.

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