IB 100, Biology in Today’s World (Spring, Face-to-face in 2014 and 2015, Online starting 2016)
This general education course for non-majors covers three major themes of modern biology: the environment, genetics and biotechnology, and evolution. The goal of this course is for students to master the fundamental concepts of biology so that they can make informed decisions about issues in which biology affects their personal lives, local communities, and society as a whole.
IB 452, Ecosystem Ecology (Fall, Odd Years starting 2017)
IB 488/GEOL 488/ATMS 420/NRES 478, Environmental Stable Isotopes (Spring 2015, Future offerings TBD)
Stable isotopes are powerful tools for studying environmental processes, acting as tracers of resource origin, fate, and flux and integrators of system processes. The goal of this course is to provide a fundamental knowledge base and hands-on training for students to become practitioners of natural abundance and enriched stable isotope techniques. The course focuses on stable isotopes of biologically-relevant light elements (C, H, N, O, S). We also review case studies demonstrating application of these techniques to disciplines including anthropology, animal, insect, and plant biology, biogeochemistry, biometeorology, ecosystem ecology, forensics, microbial ecology, paleoclimatology, and paleoecology.