University of Oregon

Fall Term

September 30– December 13, 2013

BI 454/554 Marine Ecology (5 quarter hour credits)
Marine ecology looks at factors that influence the distribution, abundance, and diversity of marine organisms. This course surveys major marine habitats, structurally or functionally important taxa, and ecological patterns and processes. Examples are drawn from the diverse fauna and flora of the rocky shores, sandy beaches, and estuarine environments in the Coos Bay area and field sampling and experimentation is a major portion of the course. Thursdays 8:30 AM – 5 PM and Fridays 8:30 – 9:30 AM. Instructor: Cynthia Trowbridge.

BI 457/557 Marine Biology: Marine Environmental Issues (5 quarter hour credits)
Issues that influence biological diversity of marine environments are approached from a global scale and from real world examples from the local environment. An integrated approach is used to explore global climate change, fisheries, habitat alteration, invasive species and pollution in the marine environment. Tuesdays 8:30-5:00 and Fridays 11:30-12:30. Instructor: Renate Eberl.

BI 457/557 Marine Biology: Molecular Marine Biology (5 quarter hour credits)
An introduction to applying molecular biology to research using marine organisms. Lectures and readings examine the use of molecular data in taxonomy and systematics, population structure and conservation biology, and morphological and developmental evolution.  Lab exercises include analysis and interpretation of existing data sets and the generation of new data using basic methods.  Students acquire practical laboratory skills including collection and preservation of material for molecular work, DNA extraction, PCR amplification of suitable target genes, sequence analysis, and building and interpreting phylogenetic trees. BI 214 prerequisite. Mondays 8:30 AM – 5 PM and Fridays 10-11 AM. Instructor: Svetlana Maslakova.

BI 458/558 Biological Oceanography (5 quarter hour credits)
Examines patterns of biological productivity and controlling physical and chemical mechanisms in the various environments of the world’s oceans. Includes trips offshore. Wednesdays 8:30 AM – 5 PM and Fridays 1:30 AM – 2:30 PM. Instructor: Alan Shanks.

BI 407/507 Seminar: Marine Biology (2 quarter hour credits)
Speakers from a number of different Universities present their research interests. Friday 4:00 pm

BI 401 Undergraduate Research (2-10 quarter hour credits) Students conduct a research project under the direction of an OIMB faculty member. Research interests of the faculty can be found here. Email the person with whom you wish to work to arrange for registration. Limit 8 students.