Summer Courses

Course Offerings - Summer 2020 program still in development

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 25 - June 12

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 15 - July 3

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.

 


Summer Session III: July 13 - July 31

STREAM ECOLOGY. 3 credits. BIOL 4752

Bryan L. Brown, Virginia Tech

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.

 


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.