Summer Courses

Course Offerings - Summer 2017

Courses are 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 courses start.
  • Applications for financial aid reviewed beginning March 15.
  • Registration is limited to one course per session.
  • Enrollment is limited to 11 students per course.
  • Community (non-college) students are welcome to apply.

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

Course Application


 

Summer Session I: May 22 - June 9

 

PLANT CONSERVATION AND DIVERSITY: Bioinformatics, Systematics, and Field Techniques. 3 credits. BIOL 4751 / 7751  

Zack Murrell, Appalachian State University

The extraordinary diversity of the southern Appalachians will be used to explore the world of plants. We will visit unique mountain habitats to study the different species assemblages in these ecologically wide-ranging sites. Based upon our observations and analyses, we will critique contemporary views of the most effective conservation units (individual, population, species, family, habitat) and the methods used to achieve conservation goals.

 

FIELD HERPETOLOGY. 3 credits. BIOL 4754 / 7754

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.

 

SCIENCE WRITING: Creative Approaches to Biology and Ecology. 3 credits. BIOL 2757 / STS 2500

A short ArtLab course; May 22 - June 2

Hannah Rogers, University of Virginia

Writing is fundamental to the practice of science. We write about individual organisms, ecosystems, and patterns, to record our findings and to reach broader audiences. This course will explore a variety of writing styles to make the students better communicators both inside scientific communities and to the public. Students will be inspired by their experience of observing at MLBS and by prominent nature and science writers (e.g. Wordsworth, Oliver, Cole, Thoreau, McPhee, Berry) to create poems, environmental essays, and longer written works.

This course satisfies the UVA College Second Writing Requirement but does not satisfy laboratory requirement for the Biology major or distributional requirement for the Conservation Concentration.

 


Summer Session II: June 12 - July 7

 

FIELD BIOLOGY OF FISHES. 3 credits. BIOL 4755 / 7755

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.  

 


Summer Session III: July 10 - 28

FIELD BIOLOGY OF INSECTS. 3 credits. BIOL 4758 / 7758

Timothy Forrest, University of North Carolina at Asheville

Insects are perhaps the most important animal group on the face of the earth. Their enormous diversity makes them important models for understanding many concepts in biology. Students will observe the bits and pieces of an insect, they will discover how adaptation relates to diversity, and they will learn to identify the major insect groups.  Field trips to varied habitats allow students to collect insects and understand their natural history.

 


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

Course Application