University of Oregon

Fall Term

September 27 – December 10, 2021

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

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. We will examine several local applied conservation case studies with guest speakers and field trips. We will take an integrated approach to explore global climate change, conservation, fisheries, habitat alteration, introduced species, and pollution in the marine environment using readings, seminars, and peer-reviewed writing. Meets Mondays 8:30am-5:00pm. Instructor: Aaron Galloway

BI 457/557 Marine Biology: Phytoplankton Ecology (5 quarter hour credits) At least half the primary production on Earth is done by the drifting primary producers of the ocean. We will look at the extraordinary taxonomic diversity of phytoplankton, the role of both benthic and planktonic representatives of major taxa like diatoms and dinoflagellates in estuarine and coastal ecosystems, and investigate key social and environmental problems involving phytoplankton like harmful algal blooms, coastal eutrophication/hypoxia, and impact of climate change on phytoplankton-based food webs.  Includes field trips to seagrass beds, mudflats, and coastal waters. Meets on Tuesdays 8:30 – 5:00. Instructor: Michelle Wood

BI 457/557 Marine Biology: Molecular Marine Biology (4 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: TBA.

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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 Thursdays 8:30am – 5pm. Instructor: Alan Shanks.

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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 8:30 – 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.

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