Summer Courses

Courses are small (11 maximum) field-intensive experiences led by nationally recruited instructors.

Applications are accepted until the Friday prior to the first day of class. Applications for financial aid are reviewed beginning March 15.

You can take only one course at a time.

UVA Biology majors note: Courses satisfy the Biology laboratory and area 3 requirements.

Non-college students are welcome to apply.

Please contact us with any questions about life at the station or course expectations. 
 
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Course Offerings - Summer 2021


Summer Session I: May 24 - June 11

FIELD HERPETOLOGY. 3 credits. BIOL 4754 / 7754

Christian Cox, Florida International University

We will focus on the ecology and evolution of reptiles and amphibians, leveraging their diversity in the southeastern United States. In 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 21 - July 9

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

David Neely, Tennessee Aquarium

MLBS sits on the Eastern Continental Divide, which provides an incredible diversity of freshwater habitats. We will develop proficiency in ichthyology through field trips and lab work. Themes will include fish identification; patterns and drivers of diversity; interactions on individual, population, community, and ecosystem levels; evolution; and influences of human activities. We will design and conduct research projects to 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.

 


Summer Session III: July 19 - August 6

STREAM ECOLOGY. 3 credits. BIOL 4752

Bryan L. Brown, Virginia Tech

We will focus on integrating principles of stream and watershed ecology as a means of gaining insight into stream-dwelling organisms and their environments. This course is an introduction 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. We will partake in field and laboratory explorations, and participate in lectures and student-led discussions.

 


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