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

Course Application 

Course Offerings - Summer 2020


Summer Session I: May 25 - June 12

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.

 

NATURAL HISTORY OF THE APPALACHIANS. 3 credits. BIOL 3600

Mary Jane Epps, Mary Baldwin University

We will explore the habitats that make the Appalachians a unique hotspot for North American biodiversity. We will learn how geology, species interactions, and land-use patterns shape the composition of ecological communities. Field studies near Mountain Lake and trips to other habitats will emphasize field identification, ecological relationships, and conservation issues relating to a wide range of organisms.

In addition to financial aid avialable from MLBS that can be requested in the course application form. Students may wish to take advantage of an opportunity offered by the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society. The SABS is not affiliated with MLBS or the University of Virginia. Application deadline March 23, 2020. Click here for details.

 


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, 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 13 - July 31

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?)

Course Application