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Summer Field Classes - 2017

 

Scholarship funds are available for these courses. Please see our scholarship page for more information.

We accept scholarship applications for field studies on a rolling basis until the start of each class. For questions about summer field classes, scholarships, and/or assistance with registration, please contact Dr. Marianne Laporte, Biology Department Head at mlaporte@emich.edu


Upper-Level Classes for Biology Students (Graduate & Undergraduate)

@ Fish Lake

 

 

BIO 311W Laboratory in EcologyEcology Lab

  • A laboratory and field course with two main objectives: (1) to introduce students to the methods and concepts involved in the study of the distribution and abundance of organisms, and (2) to familiarize students with the structure and function of aquatic and terrestrial communities. 
  • This class is part of EMU's General Education Program as a writing intensive class in the major.
  • 3 credit hours
  • Meets Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at Fish Lake
    • June 22, 23, 24
    • July 6, 7, 8
    • July 20, 21, 22
    • Includes an online component that runs the length of the summer 3 half-semester (June 22 - August 15, 2017)
  • Instructor TBD
  • Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in Ecology (BIO 310)

 


BIO 416/516 Behavioral EcologyBehavioral Ecology

  • How animals use behavior to meet the demands of their lives in nature. We will examine behavioral aspects of survival, foraging, dispersal, habitat selection, mating, and parenting within the life histories of organisms. Students will be expected to discuss primary scientific literature and conduct original research in groups.
  • 3 credit hours
  • Meets Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at Fish Lake
    • July 27, 28, 29
    • August 10, 11, 12
    • August 17, 18, 19
  • Instructor: Dr. Peter Bednekoff
  • BIO 416 Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in BIO 310 Ecology 

 

BIO 493/593 Animal MovementAnimal Movement

  • Animal Movement investigates how and why animals move through their environment - a process that is fundamental to survival and reproductive fitness. We explore the physiology, ecology and evolution of animal movement through discussions of scientific literature, observations of wild animals and experimentation with recent tracking technologies.
  • 4 credit hours
  • Meets Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at Fish Lake  
    • May 4, 5, 6
    • May 18, 19, 20
    • June 1, 2, 3
  • Instructor: Dr. Jamie Cornelius
  • BIO 493 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in BIO120/121 Introductory Biology II

 

BIO 493/593 Michigan Plant CommunitiesFish Lake Bog

  • Analysis of the natural plant communities of Michigan, with an emphasis on physical conditions supporting communities, species composition and geographic distribution.

  • 4 credit hours
  • Meets Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at Fish Lake or Up North
    • May 25, 26, 27 @ Fish Lake
    • June 8, 9, 10 @ Up North
    • June 15, 16, 17 @ Fish Lake
  • Instructor: Dr. Gary Hannan
  • BIO 493 Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in BIO 310 Ecology

 


BIO 493/593 Biology of Amphibians & ReptilesMudpuppy

  • Taxonomy, distribution, life histories, behavior and ecology of amphibians and reptiles with an emphasis on local species.
  • 4 credit hours
  • Meets Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at Fish Lake or Stone Lab
    • May 11, 12, 13 @ Fish Lake
    • May 25, 26, 27 @ Stone Lab
    • June 8, 9, 10 @ Fish Lake
  • Instructor: Dr. Katherine Greenwald
  • BIO 493 Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in BIO 120/121 Introductory Biology II with lab or grade of C or better in BIO 140 Biology of Animals

 


BIO 493/593 Biology of ArachnidsArachnids

  • Lecture, lab and field course addressing principles of arachnid biology. Course covers morphology, physiology, behavior, natural history and ecology. Identification and classification of major arachnid families supported by collections and observations of organisms from southern Michigan.
  • 4 credit hours
  • Meets Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at Fish Lake
    • June 29, 30, July 1 
    • July 13, 14, 15
    • August 3, 4, 5
  • Instructor: Dr. Cara Shillington
  • BIO493 Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in BIO 120/121 Introductory Biology II with lab or BIO 140 Biology of Animals, or equivalent

 

The Biology Department is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold