University of Oregon

Fall Term

September 27 – December 9, 2022

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

BI 457/557 Marine Biology: Seaweed Biology: Phycology (5 quarter hour credits)
This class is an overview of seaweed diversity, evolution, biology and ecology. Students will become familiar with the diversity of seaweeds at Cape Arago and learn to identify and prepare seaweed herbarium specimens.  Field trips to local intertidal and boat marina/dock sites for collection, surveys, and observation will emphasize community structure and interactions. Assignments include field studies, student projects, seaweed anatomical and taxonomic studies, individual and group research.  Meets on Mondays 8:00am – 5:00 pm. Instructor: Nancy Trenamen.

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 Tuesdays 8:30 – 5:00. Meets on Tuesdays 8:30 – 5:00. Instructor: Richard Emlet

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

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BI 457/557 Marine Biology: Cell Physiology in the Marine Realm (5 quarter hour credits). Fulfills Area 1 major requirement. This course covers fundamental topics in cell biology, with a focus on marine organisms in relation to their lifestyle in the natural environment. Specific topics will include cell division (mitosis, meiosis, and cytokinesis) and the cell cycle, organization and dynamics of the cytoskeleton, cell motility and related behaviors in protists and animal cells, intracellular transport, cell shape change, and multicellularity in animals and various algal groups.  Labs focus on practical light microscopy on living material, including invertebrate eggs and embryos, diatoms and other algae and protists, macrophytes, and even whole animals. Meets Thursdays 8:30 – 5:00. Instructor: George von Dassow

BI 457/557 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 Fridays 8:30 – 3:30. Instructor: Aldwin Ndhlovu.

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 oimb@uoregon.edu.