University of Oregon

Summer Term

June 26 – August 18, 2017

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

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 26 – August 18)

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: Jason Williams

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BI 457/557 SEAWEED ECOLOGY (6 quarter credits)
This field-oriented course will be an ecological survey of the diverse seaweed communities on rocky intertidal, subtidal, and soft-sediment shores in the Coos Bay/Cape Arago area. The class will investigate ecological patterns and processes of seaweed distribution and experimentally test interactions with consumers and competitors. Current topics to be covered will include (i) invasive species and their management, (ii) economic uses of seaweeds, (iii) evolution of different life histories, and (iv) kelp bed restoration. Meets 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Tuesday and Thursday (with some early morning low tides). Instructor: Cynthia Trowbridge

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 (8 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. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Instructor: Allison Evans

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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 4:00pm Wednesday.

2 Week courses
Courses meet for two consecutive weeks.

August 21 – 25 and August 28 – September 1
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 8:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. Brian Bingham

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

June 24-25 and July 1-2
 (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 8:00a.m. -5:00p.m. Instructor: John Megahan
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July 15-16 and July 22-23
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 8:00am – 5:00pm. Instructor: Julie Schram
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Tropical Marine Biology in Panama
Students participating in the Summer study abroad option in Panama need to apply to the program by March 15th and register for BI405 (1 quarter hour credit, P/NP) for spring term if accepted. The Tropical Marine Biology-Panama program is a seven-credit course in Biology with 400-level credit. The program consists of a one-credit course in spring (BI405) and a two-part summer term course BI 488 (one-credit, 8 week planning the research project and five-credit, two weeks of on-site academic instruction and fieldwork in Panama). Students cannot sign up for BI488 through Duckweb, but instead are assigned grades and credits (1+5) as part of the GEO study-abroad course.