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Preparing for a Career in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

EEB 5100 - Preparing for a Career in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Introduction to the design and execution of scientific research, career planning, communication of science to multiple audiences, and broader impacts of scientific work.

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EEB 5110 - Writing Research Proposals and Fellowship Applications

The craft of writing persuasive fellowship applications and funding proposals in ecology, evolutionary biology, systematics, and conservation biology. Students apply for financial support from agencies, foundations, and other sources. Includes peer review.

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EEB 5200 - Biology of Fishes

An introduction to the biology of fishes, with an emphasis on adaptation and evolutionary diversification. Topics include the evolution of major groups, morphology, physiology, behavior, and population and community ecology. Lectures, critical discussions of current journal articles, student presentations, and exercises in the field and laboratory. A research paper and class presentation are required on a topic pre-approved by the instructor.

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EEB 5203 - Developmental Plant Morphology

Exploration and analysis of diversity in plant form using basic principles of plant construction and development. A research paper is required, in which the principles learned in lecture are applied to the analysis of the development of a plant from seed through reproductive maturity.

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EEB 5204 - Aquatic Plant Biology

Field and laboratory-oriented study of the anatomy, morphology, ecology, physiology, systematics and evolution of vascular aquatic and wetland plants. A research paper and class presentation are required on a topic pre-approved by the instructor.

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EEB 5215 - Physiological Ecology of Animals

Physiology of animals in an evolutionary context. Lectures and critical discussions of current journal articles. A research paper and class presentation are required on a topic pre-approved by the instructor.

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EEB 5220 - Evolution of Green Plants

Evolution of morphological and genomic traits marking the conquest of land, the diversification of land plants, and the significance of plants in the evolution of life on earth, global climates and human civilizations. Laboratory session includes study of morphological and anatomical characters of extant and fossil plants, phylogenetic inference from morphological and molecular characters, and discussion of primary literature.

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EEB 5240 - Biology of Bryophytes and Lichens

Diversity, evolution, ecology, development and taxonomy of the bryophytes (mosses, liverworts, and hornworts) and lichen-forming fungi.

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EEB 5250 - Biology of the Algae

Laboratory and field-oriented study of the major groups of algae, emphasizing structure, function, systematics, and ecology.

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EEB 5254 - Mammalogy

Lectures cover diversity, natural history (including behavior, ecology, reproduction, etc.), and evolution of mammals; readings from original literature are included. Laboratories cover anatomy, systematics, and distribution of major groups of mammals.

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EEB 5265 - Herpetology

Lectures cover environmental physiology, ecology, and behavior of amphibians and reptiles. Emphasis is on readings from the original literature. Laboratories cover evolution, systematics, and distribution of major groups of the world.

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EEB 5269 - Social Insects

Behavior, ecology, and evolution of social insects (especially wasps, bees, ants, and termites) with an emphasis on the evolution of social behavior and on the ecological impact of social insects.

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EEB 5271 - Systematic Botany

Classification, identification, economic importance, evolution and nomenclature of flowering plants. Laboratory compares vegetative and reproductive characteristics of major families. A research paper and class presentation are required on a topic pre-approved by the instructor.

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EEB 5300 - Practical Genomics in Ecology and Evolution

Practical Genomics in Ecology and Evolution. Computational biology skills. Focused training on analytical approaches for genomic data generated in ecology and evolutionary biology. Practical activities include writing basic scripts, accessing public data repositories, and analyzing genomic data with existing open source software to answer questions of biological interest.

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EEB 5301 - Population and Community Ecology

Overview of population and community ecology, including population regulation and dynamics, metapopulations, species interactions, biodiversity, community structure, and evolutionary ecology. Theoretical and case-history approaches, emphasizing plants,invertebrates, and vertebrates. Lecture, discussion, and exercises in analysis and modeling.

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EEB 5310 - Conservation Biology

Case studies and theoretical approaches to conservation of biological diversity, genetic resources, plant and animal communities, and ecosystem functions. Topics emphasize ecological and evolutionary principles that form the scientific basis of this emerging, interdisciplinary field, as well as socio-political, legal, economic, and ethical aspects of conservation.

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EEB 5333 - Evolutionary Developmental Biology

An advanced course in evolutionary biology, emphasizing the underlying developmental bases of evolutionary change. Concepts of homology, constraint, and heterochrony, with examples from both animal and plant systems.

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EEB 5335W - Vertebrate Social Behavior

Lectures and discussions dealing with various aspects of vertebrate social behavior, including territoriality, mating systems, sexual selection, and group behavior. The emphasis is on reading and critical analysis of original literature.

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EEB 5347 - Principles and Methods of Systematic Biology

The basic concepts and modern procedures employed in systematic biology: literature retrieval, species description, phylogenetic inference, nomenclature, and current conceptual issues. Laboratories include computer techniques in phylogenetic analysis.

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EEB 5348 - Population Genetics

This course is designed to provide a theoretical background for studies in evolution. Emphasis is placed on understanding the conceptual foundations of the field and on the application of these concepts to an understanding of the roles of mutation, evolution of populations.

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EEB 5349 - Phylogenetics

Estimation of genealogies at the level of species and above, and their application and relevance to various biological disciplines, including systematics, ecology, and morphological and molecular evolution. Surveys both parsimony and model-based methods, but emphasizes maximum liklihood and Bayesian approaches.

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EEB 5350 - Molecular Systematics

Exploration of key literature focusing on the practical aspects of incorporating knowledge of DNA sequence evolution into phylogenetic tree construction. Laboratory methods for collection of molecular data including management, extraction, amplification, and sequencing.

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EEB 5360 - Functional Ecology of Plants

Physiological, morphological, and structural responses of plants to the physical and biotic environment and to environmental change. Readings, lectures and discussions emphasize plant responses at all levels of organization, from cells to whole plants. Themes include: organismal integration, consequences and constraints in plant adaptation, and the functioning of plants within communities and ecosystems.

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EEB 5369 - Current Topics in Biodiversity

Analysis and discussion of current literature on biodiversity.

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EEB 5370 - Current Topics in Conservation Biology

Analysis and discussion of current literature on conservation.

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EEB 5449 - Evolution

A review of our current understanding of the patterns and processes of organic evolution. Class periods will include discussion and critical analysis of primary literature.

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EEB 5452 - Field Ecology

A field of study of the biotic communities in selected areas of eastern North America.

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EEB 5477 - Insect Phylogeny

A review of our current understanding of the evolutionary relationships of the major orders and families of insects, ncluding the phylogenetic position of Insecta within Arthropoda.

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EEB 5500 - Introduction to Natural History Collections

Training required for work in the EEB Biodiversity Research Collections Facility. The uses of natural history collections; policies, resources, and databases of the Collection Facility; specimen preparation and labeling; legal and ethical issues; threats to natural history collections.

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EEB 5881 - Internship in Ecology, Conservation, or Evolutionary Biology

An internship with a non-profit organization, a governmental agency, or a business under the supervision of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology faculty. Activities relevant to the practice of ecology, biodiversity science, evolutionary biology, or conservation biology will be planned and agreed upon in advance by the job site supervisor, the faculty coordinator, and the intern.

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EEB 5889 - Research

Conferences and laboratory work covering selected fields of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

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EEB 5891 - Internship in Ecology, Conservation, or Evolutionary Biology

An internship with a non-profit organization, a governmental agency, or a business under the supervision of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology faculty. Activities relevant to the practice of ecology, biodiversity, evolutionary biology, or conservation biology will be planned and agreed upon in advance by the job site supervisor, the faculty coordinator, and the intern. One credit may be earned for each 42 hours of pre-approved activities up to a maximum of nine credits.

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EEB 5894 - Seminar

Study and discussion of current researches, books and periodicals in the field of Biology. Subtopic designations: Ec, Ecology; M, Mammalogy; Mec, Marine Ecology; Pr, Parasitology; En, Entomology; Bi, Biogeography; Ev, Evolution; Sy, Systematics.Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatistactory.)

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EEB 5895 - Invest Sp Topics

Advanced study in a field within Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

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EEB 5899 - Independent Study

A reading course for those wishing to pursue special work in biology. It may also be elected by undergraduate students preparing to be candidates for degrees with distinction.

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EEB 6480 - Seminar in Vertebrate Biology

Analysis and discussion of current literature in vertebrate biology.Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatistactory.)

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EEB 6481 - Seminar in Biodiversity

Provides the opportunity for students to present research plans, reports of work in progress, and full-length seminars on completed research projects in ecology, systematics, and evolutionary biology to a supportive but critical audience.Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatistactory.)

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EEB 6482 - Seminar in Spatial Ecology

Analysis and discussion of current literature in spatial ecology.

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EEB 6483 - Seminar in Marine Biology

Analysis and discussion of current literature in marine biology.Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatistactory.)

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EEB 6484 - Seminar in Plant Ecology

Analysis and discussion of current literature in plant ecology.

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EEB 6485 - Seminar in Comparative Biology

Analysis and discussion of current literature in evolution and comparative ecology.Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatistactory.)

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EEB 6486 - Seminar in Systematics

Analysis and discussion of current literature in systematic biology.

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EEB 6487 - Seminar in Parasitology

Analysis and discussion of current literature in parasitology.

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EEB 6490 - Seminar in Behavioral Ecology

Analysis and discussion of current literature in behavioral ecology. Students in this course receive a grade of S (Satisfactory) or U (Unsatisfactory).

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