University of Oregon

Fall Term

September 24– December 7, 2018

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

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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? BI 214 prerequisite. Course limited to 12 students. 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.

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