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Summer Field Classes - 2019

Scholarship funds are available for these courses. Please see our scholarship page for more information. The first round of applications are due on February 22, 2019. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis thereafter. It is better to apply early to ensure that funds are available. For questions about summer field classes, scholarships, and/or assistance with registration, please contact Dr. Marianne Laporte, Biology Department Head at mlaporte@emich.edu.

 


BIO 416/516 Behavioral Ecology

Behavioral 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.
  • 4 credit hours
  • CRNs: 16113/16114 (on the fall schedule)
  • Meets Monday through Friday at Fish Lake with an online component into the fall semester
    • August 26-30
  • Instructor: Dr. Peter Bednekoff
  • BIO 416 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in BIO 310 Ecology or equivalent

 

 BIO 418/518 Plant Communities of Michigan

Fish 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
  • CRNs: 52188/52189
  • Meets two Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at Fish Lake and one Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Up North
    • May 30, 31, June 1 at Fish Lake
    • June 13, 14, 15, 16 Up North
    • June 27, 28, 29 at Fish Lake
  • Instructor: Dr. Gary Hannan
  • BIO 418 Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in BIO 310 Ecology

 BIO 477/590 Special Topics: Ornithological Methods

  • Animal Movement

    Ornithological Methods is an active learning experience investigating common methods for studying wild birds. This    course    complements Ornithology (BIO 485) and focuses on methods involving the capture, handling and sampling of songbirds. Students will learn a variety of techniques, contribute to a research goal and will discuss current methods and ethical issues surrounding research with wild birds. 
  • This special topics class counts as a restricted elective toward the biology major and the environmental biology concentration of the environmental science and society major
  • 1 credit hour
  • CRNs: 52590/52591
  • Meets May 16-18 at    Fish Lake    
  • Instructor:  Dr. Jamie Cornelius
  • BIO 477 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in BIO120/121 Introductory Biology II

 BIO 478/591 Special Topics: Discover Tropical Invertebrates

Dive In

  • Explore the small island of San Salvador in the Bahamas.  Our base will be the Gerace Research Station from where we will have opportunities to explore various habitats. We will spend time snorkeling in a mangrove, around numerous small reefs and shorelines. Students will learn about reef, shoreline and aquatic communities. The focus is on observation and identification organisms in their natural environments. Assignments include readings/discussions of peer-reviewed literature related to local flora and fauna, a shell collection and photo ID of invertebrates.

  • 2 credit hours
  • This special topics class counts as a restricted elective toward the biology major and the environmental biology concentration of the environmental science and society major
  • CRNs: 26450/26451 (on the winter semester schedule)
  • Meets April 24 through May 4 in the Bahamas
  • Instructor: Dr. Cara Shillington
  • For more information, visit the  Academic Programs Abroad website

BIO 481/581 Natural History of Vertebrates

Behavioral Ecology

  • A survey of vertebrates, emphasizing their adaptations and their natural history. Laboratory work will stress the taxonomic classification, identification and distribution of local and other forms. Fieldwork will emphasize accurate observation and permanent recording of original data on local species.
  • 4 credit hours
  • CRNs: 52760/52761
  • Meets Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at Fish Lake
    • July 11-13
    • July 18-20
    • August 1-3
  • Instructor: TBD
  • BIO 481 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in BIO 120 and BIO 121 Introductory Biology II and Lab or equivalent

 


 

BIO 484/584 Herpetology

Mudpuppy

  • Taxonomy, distribution, life histories, behavior and ecology of amphibians and reptiles with an emphasis on local species.
  • 4 credit hours
  • CRNs: 52058/52059
  • Meets Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at  Fish Lake  or  Stone Lab
    • May 9,10,11 at Fish Lake
    • May 23, 24, 25 at Stone Lab
    • June 6, 7, 8 at Fish Lake
  • Instructor:  Dr. Katherine Greenwald
  • BIO 484 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 486/586 Entomology

Entomology

  • A survey of the world of insects, their structure, function, behavior, and ecology. The identification and classification of local insects will be stressed. A student field project will be required.
  • 4 credit hours
  • CRNs: 52573/52574
  • Meets Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays at Fish Lake
    • June 9-11
    • June 23-25
    • June 30-July 2
  • Instructor: Michael Kielb
  • BIO 484 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 Special Topics: Methods in Ecology

Methods in Ecology

  • Field course covering principles and select methods in terrestrial ecology, including – but not limited to – microclimate measurements, vegetation sampling, small mammal sampling, and animal behavioral assays. Methods in Ecology will consist of three distinct sections: 1) Tools and techniques for summarizing physical environments in habitats, 2) estimates of plant and animal abundance, and 3) estimates of animal behavior in the field.  All coursework will be centered around addressing the question:  “How do biological invasions influence our native environments?"
  • This special topics class counts as a restricted elective toward the biology major and the environmental biology concentration of the environmental science and society major
  • 4 credit hours
  • CRNs: 52592/52593
  • Meets Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at  Fish Lake
    • August 8, 9, 10
    • August 15, 16, 17
    • August 22, 23, 24
  • Instructor: Dr. Brian Connolly
  • BIO 493 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in BIO120/121 Introductory Biology II 

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