University of Oregon

Summer Term

June 24 – August 16, 2019

OIMB offers a variety of courses during the summer term. In addition to the eight week term, several two week and weekend workshops are available as well. Courses are open to qualified students from all institutions as well as those interested in continuing education. Courses meet for at least seven hours a day and are designed for upper-division biology majors, environmental studies/science majors, and graduate students in these disciplines. The recommended course load for the eight-week session is 12 to 16 credits. All students registering for OIMB courses should fill out an application of admission (see application form link on the right) and, if needed, request room and board by email at

If you are a non-UO student, you will need to request a Personal Access Code (PAC) here to be able to register for classes.

BI 211, 212, and 213 (or equivalent) are prerequisites for the 8 week courses. Seminar, weekend workshops, and the 2-week course do not have prerequisites.

8 Week Courses (June 24 – August 16)

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. Extensive field trips to rocky shores, sandy beaches and estuarine environments and opportunities for exploring live animals in the laboratory. Meets 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Instructor: Troy Nash

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BI 455/555 MARINE BIRDS AND MAMMALS (6 quarter credits)
The Oregon coast has a diverse marine bird and mammal fauna and this course takes advantage of many opportunities to study the biology of the seabirds, seals, sea lions, and cetaceans of the region. Topics covered include systematics, ecology, social systems, morphology, evolution, and physiology. Extensive field trips including boat cruises offer opportunity to study the animals in their natural environment. Laboratory sessions use museum preparations and dissections of fresh specimens to study anatomical and physiological features. Students undertake group projects on nesting seabirds, and give presentations about marine birds and mammals. Meets 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Instructor:  Doug Warrick
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BI 457/557 BIOLOGY OF FISHES (6 quarter credits)
Lectures, field trips, boat cruises, and laboratory sessions introduce students to the remarkable diversity of fishes. The course includes biology, physiology and ecology of tidepool, estuarine and marine fishes, and emphasizes data collection and analysis through a study of Oregon’s fauna. Meets 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Instructor: Paul Cziko

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BI 407/507 MARINE BIOLOGY SEMINAR (1 quarter credit)
Guest speakers report on their research to students and staff. Seminars cover a wide variety of marine topics and provide students with an opportunity to meet marine scientists. Meets 4:00 p.m. Wednesdays.

4 Week Courses

June 24 – July 19
BI 457/557 DEEP-SEA BIOLOGY (5 quarter credits)
This course is an overview of the organisms, habitats and ecological processes occurring in deep-water systems on the continental shelf and slope, submarine canyons, seamounts, abyssal plains, methane seeps, hydrothermal vents and hadal trenches. Laboratory activities and field trips will strongly supplement lecture material and assigned reading; field work and projects will involve the collection and analysis of offshore trawl, dredge, core, ROV and camera sled data. Meets 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the first four weeks of summer term, June 24-July 19. Instructor: Craig Young

2 Week courses
Course meet for two consecutive weeks.

August 19 – 23 and August 26 – 30
A course designed for upper-division undergraduates and graduate students that explores the principles of experimental design. The course draws heavily from professional literature discussing appropriate use of statistics in experimental studies including modeling of simple and more complex experiments and evaluation of appropriate analysis techniques. Lectures, practicals, and readings emphasize application of univariate designs in ecological studies. Meets 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Instructor: Brian Bingham

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OMBI 488: BI Tropical Marine Biology in Panama (6 quarter hour credits) An intensive field course in Panama focused on tropical coastal biology and environmental issues. The course will integrate biology of 3 distinctive coastal habitats (coral reefs, mangroves, and seagrass meadows) and consider relevant human environmental issues on global and local scales. The course will be offered in Panama at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’s (STRI’s) Bocas Research Station (BRS). In spring term 2019, students are required to take BI 408 Reading/Seminar. The spring seminar course will require students to read primary and secondary literature that explores the habitats and environmental issues that will be seen in Panama. In summer 2019 students will work to design and plan their research project to carry out during the field course in Panama. Instructors: Richard Emlet and Maya Watts
Prerequisite: BI 451 Invertebrate ZoologyClick here for more information.

Weekend Workshops
Courses meet all day Saturday and Sunday for two consecutive weekends

June 22-23 and June 29-30
 (2 quarter credits)
Shows how to produce accurate drawings of animals and plants suitable for reference, publication, or display. No prior experience is necessary. Techniques include pen and ink, pencil, scratch, and coquille board (sample illustrations). Meets 8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Instructor: John Megahan
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July 6-7 and July 13-14
BI 408/508 OCEAN ACIDIFICATION (2 quarter credits)
A course to introduce students to the dynamic biogeochemical shifts in the world’s oceans and specifically along the Southern Oregon Coast through lectures and field observations. Students will learn more about developing and implementing experiments to explore the impacts of seawater acidification. Students will then use this knowledge and experience to develop their own educational outreach materials to share what they have learned about in this course with local community members and stakeholders. Meets 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, but may include early morning tides. Instructors: Julie Schram.

July 20-21 and July 27-28
BI 408/508 MARINE BIOINVASIONS (2 quarter credits)
Invasions of non-native marine animals and plants have significantly altered the biodiversity of coastal habitats around the world. We examine the theoretical, historical, and ecological concepts and consequences of biological invasions in the sea, review how species have been and continue to be transported globally, and key policy perspectives to prevent and control invasions. The course includes lectures, field work, and laboratory analyses, as we explore the phenomena and processes that influence invasion success. Meets 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, but may include early morning tides. Instructors: James Carlton.
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