University of Oregon

Spring Term

March 28 – June 10, 2022

BI 211, 212, and 213 (or equivalent) are prerequisites for all courses. 

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. 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:  Maya Watts and Nancy Treneman.

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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 – 5:00pm. Instructor: George von Dassow

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BI 390 Animal Behavior (4 quarter hour credits)  How and why animals behave, and how animal behavior is studied. Mechanisms of behavior, behavioral ecology, and sociobiology. Meets Fridays 8:30am-3:30pm. Instructor: Alan Shanks

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