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Integrative Biology

Integrative Biology 499 Syllabi

Discussions in Integrative Biology

IB 499: Seminars, discussions, research project presentations, readings, and reviews of special topics in integrative biology. 1 undergraduate hour. 1 graduate hour. Approved for S/U grading only. May be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.


Spring 2021 - IB 499 sections

Ecology & Evolution in aquatic systems - IB 499 Section B
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Dr. Carla Cáceres
This course addresses the integrative biology of aquatic habitats: from small storm-water ponds to lakes, we address the integration of the abiotic and biotic elements of ecosystems to address three questions:
  1. How do ecological and evolutionary processes interact to shape life-history variation?
  2. How do feedbacks between genetic and species diversity influence metacommunity dynamics?
  3. How do ecological and evolutionary processes interact to shape the distribution and abundance of disease?

We will focus primary readings of data-driven published papers and meta-analyses, whether from the peer-reviewed literature or from the presenting students’ own research projects.

Improving Photosynthetic Efficiency - IB 499 Section C
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Dr. Steve Long

This course addresses recent developments in photosynthesis research and approaches to genetic improvement of photosynthetic efficiency. This includes development of laboratory and field research planning and organizational skills, and both written and verbal communication skills. We will review through critical presentations and discussions, in a seminar-setting, new discoveries in photosynthesis and emerging techniques for modification of photosynthesis, from the peer-reviewed literature, bioRxiv, participants’ own research projects and research plans. The requirements include weekly class attendance and discussion, a PowerPoint presentation delivered in class, written peer-review of a fellow presenters and at least one paper review.

“-omics” of Behavior - IB 499 Section D
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Dr. Eva K. Fischer
This course will explore the challenges and opportunities of applying “-omics” technologies to behavioral research. The focus will be on
  1. understanding cutting-edge technologies,
  2. identifying current challenges and open questions in -omics based research,
  3. considering how technologies can be integrated and applied to understand the biological basis of behavior (in non-model organisms).

We will read primary data papers, review articles, and opinion pieces. The requirements include weekly readings, weekly class attendance, and active participation in class discussions.


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