Summer Courses

Course Offerings - Summer 2018

Courses are small (11 maximum) field-intensive, research-based experiences led by nationally recruited instructors. Field courses can be physically demanding, and participants should be willing to embrace long hours outdoors in sometimes rugged environments and in all weather conditions.
 
Applications are accepted until the first day of class. Applications for financial aid are reviewed beginning March 15. You can take only one course at a time. Non-college students are welcome to apply.
 

Course Fees and Information (e.g. How do I register? What UVA requirements do MLBS courses fulfill?)

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Summer Session I: May 21 - June 15

NOTE: Herpetology starts later and runs only three weeks.

 

FIELD BIOLOGY OF FISHES. 3 credits. BIOL 4755 / 7755

David Neely, Tennessee Aquarium

MLBS sits on the Eastern Continental Divide providing an incredible diversity of freshwater habitats. Proficiency in ichthyology will be developed through field trips and lab work. Themes include: fish identification; patterns and drivers of diversity; interactions on individual, population, community, and ecosystem levels; evolution; and influences of human activities. Students will design and conduct a research project and present at a class symposium.

This course includes handling vertebrate animals (mammals, birds, amphibians, fish). When you complete the Liability Waiver, please make sure you answer "Yes" to the animal handling question.

 

FIELD HERPETOLOGY. 3 credits. BIOL 4754 / 7754
NOTE: This class starts late, on May 28, and runs only three weeks.

Christian Cox, Georgia Southern University

We will focus on the ecology and evolution of reptiles and amphibians, leveraging their diversity in the southeastern U.S. In both the field and laboratory, we will study 1) evolutionary relationships among reptiles and amphibians, 2) key evolutionary innovations that characterize each major lineage, 3) reptile and amphibian systems in ecological and evolutionary research, and 4) location and identification of reptiles and amphibians.

This course includes handling vertebrate animals (mammals, birds, amphibians, fish). When you complete the Liability Waiver, please make sure you answer "Yes" to the animal handling question.

 


Summer Session II: June 18 - July 6

WILDLIFE DISEASE ECOLOGY. 3 credits. BIOL # TBA

Sonia Altizer, University of Georgia
Amy Pederson, University of Edinburgh
Dana Hawley, Virginia Tech

This course focuses on the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases in wild animal populations. Topics include the population biology of parasites and pathogens, host immune defenses and pathogen virulence, and wildlife conservation and disease. Students will gain experience with quantitative methods and field and laboratory techniques, including parasite identification and handling of insects, birds, amphibians, and small mammals.

This course includes handling vertebrate animals (mammals, birds, amphibians, fish). When you complete the Liability Waiver, please make sure you answer "Yes" to the animal handling question.

 


Summer Session III: July 16 - August 3

STREAM ECOLOGY. 3 credits. BIOL 4752

Christine May and Scott Eaton, James Madison University

Students will focus on integrating principles of stream and watershed ecology as a means of gaining insight into stream-dwelling organisms and their environments.  Course goals are to introduce students to: 1) the physical, chemical and biological organization of aquatic ecosystems, 2) current theories in stream and watershed ecology, and 3) lab and field methods for conducting stream research.  Students will partake in field and laboratory explorations, and participate in lectures and student-led discussions. 

This course includes handling vertebrate animals (mammals, birds, amphibians, fish). When you complete the Liability Waiver, please make sure you answer "Yes" to the animal handling question.

 


Course Fees and Information (e.g. How do I register? What UVA requirements do MLBS courses fulfill?)

Course Application