Summer Courses

Course Offerings - Summer 2019

Courses are small (11 maximum) field-intensive experiences led by nationally recruited instructors. Please contact us with any questions about life at the station or course expectations. 
 
UVA Biology majors note: Courses satisfy the Biology laboratory and area 3 requirements.
 
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?)

Course Application  UVA Students: It can be faster for you to enroll directly with SIS.


Summer Session I: May 20 - June 7

 

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, evolution, interactions on individual, population, community, and ecosystem levels, and influences of human activities. Students will design and conduct research projects 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

Christian Cox, Georgia Southern University

Students 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 explore 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 17 - July 5

 

PLANT DIVERSITY, EVOLUTION, AND CONSERVATION. 3 credits. BIOL 4751 / 7751

Emily Gillespie, Butler University

The extraordinary diversity of the southern Appalachians will be used to explore the world of plants. We will visit unique mountain habitats to study the different species assemblages in these ecologically wide-ranging sites. Based upon our observations and analyses we will discuss topics including plant identification techniques, evolutionary relationships and innovations, population genetics, community structure, and conservation.

 


Summer Session III: July 15 - August 2

 

FIELD BIOLOGY OF INSECTS. 3 credits. BIOL 4758 / 7758

Timothy Forrest, University of North Carolina at Asheville

Insects are perhaps the most important animal group on the face of the earth. Their enormous diversity makes them important models for understanding many concepts in biology. Students will observe the bits and pieces of an insect, they will discover how adaptation relates to diversity, and they will learn to identify the major insect groups.  Field trips to varied habitats allow students to collect insects and understand their natural history.

 

 


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

Course Application  UVA Students: It can be faster for you to enroll directly with SIS.