University of Oregon

Spring Term

March 28 – June 10, 2016

BI 211, 212, and 213 (or equivalent) are prerequisites for all courses. BI 214 is also required for BI 322 Cell Biology. 

BI 457/557 Marine Biology: Marine Conservation Biology (5 quarter hour credits)
Marine Conservation Biology is the applied science behind the maintenance of biodiversity and the management of marine resources. We will examine prevailing dogma from diverse user groups through close examination of applied conservation case studies. Using readings, seminars, and field trips we will think critically and communicate effectively about the consequences of diversity loss at the levels of ‘stocks’, species, ecosystems, and genetics. We will assess threats to biodiversity (e.g. invasions, diseases, fishing, mineral extraction), and mechanisms for dealing with these risks, with an emphasis on marine reserves. Meets Mondays 8:30 – 5:00. Instructor: Aaron Galloway

BI 451/551 Invertebrate Zoology (8 quarter hour credits)
Introduction to the diversity of marine invertebrates. What they look like, how they work, where they live, and their natural history and behavior. Lectures will introduce organisms, explain their form and function, and include current views of evolutionary origins and phylogenetic relationships. Field trips will explore animals in their natural habitats and laboratory sessions will allow careful study of living invertebrates, emphasizing form and function. Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30-5:00. Instructors: Richard Emlet and Maya Watts

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BI 322 Cell Biology (4 quarter hour credits)
This course explores the fundamentals of cell biology – cell structure and function, cell division, cell motility and behavior, and how cells live together – using marine animals, plants, and protists as study material. Fun fact: throughout the history of cell biology, most of the Big Discoveries (think: fertilization, centrioles, molecular motors, green fluorescent protein, etc.) started with wild organisms from the marine world, not with the tiny repertoire of modern laboratory models. Everyone knows why you ought to come to a marine lab to study ecology or invertebrates. Why not go to the source to learn cell biology too? Meets Thursdays 8:30 – 5:00. BI 214 prerequisite. Instructor: George von Dassow

BI 457/557 Marine Biology: Comparative Embryology and Larval Biology (5 quarter hour credits)
A comparative survey of embryonic development and larval forms across marine invertebrate phyla, including but not limited to: Cnidaria, Ctenophora, Platyhelminthes, Annelida, Mollusca, Nemertea, Phoronida, Echinodermata, Bryozoa and Chordata (Tunicates). Students explore the rich and colorful diversity of marine embryos and larvae by culturing dozens of representative species in the laboratory. Field trips will be dedicated to collecting live material for use in class. This course is a great opportunity to improve microscopy, observation and scientific illustration skills. Course restricted to 12 students. Meets Wednesdays 8:30-5:00. Instructor: Svetlana Maslakova

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BI 390 Animal Behavior (4 quarter hour credits)
How and why animals behave, and how animal behavior is studied. Mechanisms of behavior, behavioral ecology, and sociobiology. Meets Fridays 8:30-5:00. Instructor: Alan Shanks

BI 407/507 Seminar: Marine Biology (2 quarter hour credits)
Speakers from a number of different Universities present their research interests. Spring 2016 Schedule.A public seminar will be held at 7 pm on April 1 in the Boathouse Auditorium.

All students registering for OIMB courses should fill out an application of admission (see application form link above right) and, if needed, request room and board by email at