University of Oregon

Fall Term

October 1 – December 13, 2019

BI 211, 212, and 213 are prerequisites for all courses.

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 8:30am-5:00pm. Instructor: Aaron Galloway

BI 454/554 Estuarine Biology (5 quarter hour credits)
The biological and physical factors regulating production, abundance, distribution and diversity in estuaries. Includes field trips to marshes, tide flats, eelgrass beds and open waters. Meets on Tuesdays 8:30 – 5 pm. Instructor: Richard Emlet.

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BI 458/558 Biological Oceanography (5 quarter hour credits)
Examines the patterns of biological productivity and controlling physical and chemical mechanisms in the various environments of the world’s oceans.  Meets on Wednesdays 8:30 – 5 pm. Instructor: Alan Shanks.

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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. Meets Thursdays 8:30am-5:00pm. Instructor: Svetlana Maslakova.

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BI 214 General Biology IV: Mechanisms (4 quarter hour credits)
Mechanisms starts with the alphabet of life and the genetic code.  We proceed to describe how the code is interpreted to yield functional macromolecules, and explore how regulated gene expression enables a dynamic phenotype to emerge upon the basis of a static genotype.  Putting these together, we conclude with simple physiological machines that execute the equivalent of computational tasks to guide the behavior of living cells. Meets Fridays 8:00 – 3:30. Instructor: George von Dassow

BI 407/507 Seminar: Marine Biology (2 quarter hour credits)
Speakers from a number of different universities present their research interests. Fridays 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. Email the person with whom you wish to work to arrange for registration. Limit 8 students.

All students registering for OIMB courses should fill out an application for admission (see application form link above right) and, if needed, request room and board. Questions can be emailed to