Summer Courses

Course Offerings - Summer 2016

Courses are field-intensive, research-based experiences led by nationally recruited instructors. Field courses can be physically demanding. Participants should be willing to embrace long hours outdoors in sometimes rugged environments, and in all weather conditions.

Applications are accepted until courses start. 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 23 - June 10

 

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

Zack Murrell, Appalachian State University

          COURSE IS CURRENTLY FULL. APPLY TO BE ADDED TO THE WAIT LIST.

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

          COURSE IS CURRENTLY FULL. APPLY TO BE ADDED TO THE WAIT LIST.

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 23 - June 3

Hannah Rogers, University of Virginia

          COURSE IS CURRENTLY FULL. APPLY TO BE ADDED TO THE WAIT LIST.

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 13 - July 8

 

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 11 - 29

 

FIELD BIOLOGY OF FUNGI. 3 credits. BIOL 4753 / 7753

Rytas Vilgalys, Duke University

The southern Appalachians provide an ideal setting to explore the biology of fungi. This class provides an introduction with emphasis on field identification and current experimental methods used to study fungal genetics, ecology, and evolution. Lab exercises will use filamentous fungi to demonstrate methods for identification, culture techniques, breeding systems, genetic analysis, and interaction biology. Field trips will survey the taxonomic diversity.


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

Course Application