University of Oregon

Summer Term

June – August, 2021

OIMB offers a variety of courses during the summer term. In addition to the eight week term, four week and two week courses and weekend workshops are available as well. Courses are open to qualified students from all institutions as well as those interested in continuing education. Normally, 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 14 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 21 – August 13)

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: TBA

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 21 – July 16
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 21-July 16. Instructor: Craig Young

2 Week Courses
Course meet for two consecutive weeks.

August 16 – 20 and August 23 – 27
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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Weekend Workshops
Courses meet all day Saturday and Sunday for two consecutive weekends

July 10-11 and July 17-18
BI 408/508 SEASLUG BIOLOGY (2 quarter credits)
Nudibranchs, well known for their beautiful coloration and forms, are members of the larger taxon of Heterobranchia.  This diverse group includes shelled and non-shelled representatives, herbivorous and carnivorous forms, and benthic and pelagic species. The class covers endemic, locally available nudibranchs, sacoglossans, sea hares, side-gilled slugs, cephalaspideans, free-swimming pteropods, and marine pulmonates. Core topics include consumer-prey relationships, diversity, biogeography, taxonomy, phylogeny, reproduction, and dispersal. Field work and laboratory activities in the class will provide an opportunity for students to focus on an investigation of their own choosing. Meets 6:00am to 3:30pm on July 10th & 11th and from 8:00am to 5:00pm on July 17th & 18th. Instructor: Nancy Treneman.

July 31- August 1 and August 7-8
 (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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