June 24 - August 16
OIMB offers a variety of courses during the summer term. In addition to the eight week term, several two week and weekend workshops are available as well. Courses are open to qualified students from all institutions as well as those interested in continuing education. Courses meet for at least seven hours a day and are designed for upper-division biology majors, environmental studies/science majors, and graduate students in these disciplines. The recommended course load for the eight-week session is 12 to 16 credits.
8 Week Courses (June 24 – August 16)
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. Extensive field trips to rocky shores, sandy beaches and estuarine environments and opportunities for exploring live animals in the laboratory. Meets 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Instructor: Troy Nash
BI 474/574 MARINE ECOLOGY (8 quarter credits)
Marine ecology looks at factors that influence the distribution, abundance, and diversity of marine organisms. The course will be an ecological survey of 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 will be a major portion of the course. Meets 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Instructor: Cynthia Trowbridge
BI 455/555 MARINE BIRDS AND MAMMALS (6 quarter credits)
The Oregon coast has a diverse marine bird and mammal fauna and this course takes advantage of many opportunities to study the biology of the seabirds, seals, sea lions, and cetaceans of the region. Topics covered include systematics, ecology, social systems, morphology, evolution, and physiology. Extensive field trips including boat cruises offer opportunity to study the animals in their natural environment. Laboratory sessions use museum preparations and dissections of fresh specimens to study anatomical and physiological features. Students undertake group projects on nesting seabirds, and give presentations on conservation issues. Meets 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Instructor: Jan Hodder and Doug Warrick
BI 457/557 BIOLOGY OF FISHES (6 quarter credits)
Lectures, field trips, boat cruises, and laboratory sessions introduce students to the remarkable diversity of fishes. The course includes biology, physiology and ecology of tidepool, estuarine and marine fishes, and emphasizes data collection and analysis through a study of Oregon’s fauna. Meets 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Instructor: Wade Smith
BI 407/507 MARINE BIOLOGY SEMINAR (1 quarter credit)
Guest speakers report on their research to students and staff. Seminars cover a wide variety of marine topics and provide students with an opportunity to meet marine scientists. Meets 4:00pm Wednesday.
August 19 – 23 and August 26 – 30
BI 399 INTRODUCTION TO EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN AND STATISTICS (4 quarter credits)
A course designed for upper-division undergraduates and graduate students that explores the principles of experimental design. The course draws heavily from professional literature discussing appropriate use of statistics in experimental studies including modeling of simple and more complex experiments and evaluation of appropriate analysis techniques. Lectures, practicals, and readings emphasize application of univariate designs in ecological studies. Meets 8:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. Brian Bingham
June 22-23 and June 29-30
BI 408/508 BIOLOGICAL ILLUSTRATION (2 quarter credits)
Shows how to produce accurate drawings of animals and plants suitable for reference, publication, or display. No prior experience is necessary. Techniques include pen and ink, pencil, scratch, and coquille board (sample illustrations). Meets 8:00a.m. -5:00p.m. Instructor: John Megahan
Biological Illustration supply list.
July 6-7 and July 13-14
BI 408/508 BIOLOGICAL INVASIONS IN MARINE ENVIRONMENTS (2 quarter credits)
Invasions of non-native marine animals and plants have dramatically altered coastal environments around the world. Exotic species, transported by shipping, aquaculture, and other vectors, continue to invade on a regular basis. We examine invasive species from historical, scientific, and policy perspectives, with an additional focus on the arrival of Japanese species on 2011 tsunami-generated marine debris. The course includes lectures, field work, and laboratory analyses, as we explore the phenomena and processes that influence successful invasions. Meets 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m. James Carlton