University of Oregon

Spring Term

April 2 – June 15, 2018

BI 211, 212, and 213 (or equivalent) are prerequisites for all courses. BI 214 is also required for BI 322 Cell Biology. 

BI 474/574 Marine Ecology (5 quarter hour credits)
Marine Ecology is an interdisciplinary field covering the interaction of organisms with each other and their environment. In this course, we approach the discipline by focusing on the strengths of our program’s unfettered access to the flora and fauna of the local shore, emphasizing concepts and practice of rocky intertidal community ecology. Each week, we will be in the field, getting wet, making observations, and learning how to link these observations to developing and testing hypotheses that connect to fundamental ecological theory. Students will work on weekly and full-term experiential group projects. Meets Mondays 8:30 – 5:00. Instructor: Aaron Galloway

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. Lectures will introduce organisms, explain their form and function, and include current views of evolutionary origins and phylogenetic relationships. Field trips will explore animals in their natural habitats and laboratory sessions will allow careful study of living invertebrates, emphasizing form and function. Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30-5:00. Instructors: Richard Emlet and Maya Watts

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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 Wednesdays 8:30 – 5:00 and Fridays 8:30-3:30 for 5 weeks April 2-May 4. Instructor: George von Dassow

BI 457/557 Marine Biology: Comparative Embryology and Larval Biology (5 quarter hour credits)
A comparative survey of embryonic development and larval forms across marine invertebrate phyla, including but not limited to: Cnidaria, Ctenophora, Platyhelminthes, Annelida, Mollusca, Nemertea, Phoronida, Echinodermata, Bryozoa and Chordata (Tunicates). Students explore the rich and colorful diversity of marine embryos and larvae by culturing dozens of representative species in the laboratory. Field trips will be dedicated to collecting live material for use in class. This course is a great opportunity to improve microscopy, observation and scientific illustration skills. Course limited to 12 students. Meets Wednesdays 8:30 – 5:00 and Fridays 8:30-3:30 for 5 weeks plus finals week May 7-June 15. Instructor: Svetlana Maslakova

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BI 407/507 Seminar: Marine Biology (2 quarter hour credits)
Speakers from a number of different Universities present their research interests. A public seminar will be held at 7 pm date TBA  in the Boathouse Auditorium.

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 of admission (see application form link above right) and, if needed, request room and board by email at