Summer Courses

Course Offerings - Summer 2018

Courses are small (11 maximum) field-intensive, research-based experiences led by nationally recruited instructors. Field courses can be physically demanding, and participants should be willing to embrace long hours outdoors in sometimes rugged environments and in all weather conditions.
 
Applications are accepted until the first day of class. Applications for financial aid are reviewed beginning March 15. You can take only one course at a time. Non-college students are welcome to apply.
 

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Summer Session I: May 21 - June 15

NOTE: Herpetology starts later and runs only three weeks.

 

FIELD BIOLOGY OF FISHES. 3 credits. BIOL # TBA.

David Neely, Tennessee Aquarium

MLBS sits on the Eastern Continental Divide providing an incredible diversity of freshwater habitats. Proficiency in ichthyology will be developed through field trips and lab work. Themes include: fish identification; patterns and drivers of diversity; interactions on individual, population, community, and ecosystem levels; evolution; and influences of human activities. Students will design and conduct a research project and present at a class symposium.

This course includes handling vertebrate animals (mammals, birds, amphibians, fish). When you complete the Liability Waiver, please make sure you answer "Yes" to the animal handling question.

 

FIELD HERPETOLOGY. 3 credits. BIOL # TBA. NOTE: This class starts later, on May 28, and runs only three weeks

Christian Cox, Georgia Southern University

We will focus on the ecology and evolution of reptiles and amphibians, leveraging their diversity in the southeastern U.S. In both the field and laboratory, we will study 1) evolutionary relationships among reptiles and amphibians, 2) key evolutionary innovations that characterize each major lineage, 3) reptile and amphibian systems in ecological and evolutionary research, and 4) location and identification of reptiles and amphibians.

This course includes handling vertebrate animals (mammals, birds, amphibians, fish). When you complete the Liability Waiver, please make sure you answer "Yes" to the animal handling question.

 


Summer Session II: June 18 - July 6

WILDLIFE DISEASE ECOLOGY. 3 credits. BIOL # TBA

Sonia Altizer, University of Georgia
Amy Pederson, University of Edinburgh
Dana Hawley, Virginia Tech

This course will focus on the ecology and evolution of parasitic organisms in wild animal populations and is designed for advanced undergraduates and graduate students. Topics include: epidemiology and parasite diversity, population biology of micro- and macro-parasites, host immune defenses and pathogen virulence, and the role of infectious diseases in wildlife conservation. Students will obtain hands-on experience with field and laboratory techniques, including capture and examination of insects, birds, amphibians, small mammals, and other wildlife near MLBS.  Students will gain experience with data analysis and quantitative methods for understanding disease processes at multiple scales. 

This course includes handling vertebrate animals (mammals, birds, amphibians, fish). When you complete the Liability Waiver, please make sure you answer "Yes" to the animal handling question.

 


Summer Session III: July 16 - August 3

[COURSE TBA]. X credits. BIOL XXX / XXX  

[Instructor], [Institution]

[Course description].

 


Course Fees and Information (e.g. How do I register? What UVA requirements do MLBS courses fulfill?)

Course Application