Physiology of Marine Animals

Comparative physiology of estuarine and marine animals. Physics and chemistry of estuarine and marine environments and physiological adaptations of animal residents. Focus on theory, behavioral, and physiological responses of animals to the major environmental drivers of temperature, salinity, oxygen, and light. Lectures and laboratories illustrating the approaches and methodology, analysis techniques, and written reporting of classical environmental physiology research. One course.

Marine Ecology

Factors that influence the distribution, abundance, and diversity of marine organisms. Course structure integrates lectures and field excursions. Topics include characteristics of marine habitats, adaptation to environment, species interactions, biogeography, larval recruitment, and communities found in rocky shores, tidal flats, beaches, mangrove, coral reefs, and subtidal areas. Not open to students who have taken Biology 773LA. (Given at Beaufort fall and summer.) Prerequisite: introductory biology. One course.

Behavioral Ecology

How animal behavior is shaped by natural selection, historical factors, and ecological constraints. These factors considered in the context of mating systems, parental care, foraging, and other current issues in behavior. Prerequisite: Biology 20 or 202L. One course.

Molecular Evolution

Evolution of genes, gene families, and genomes and relation to their structure, function and history. Contemporary computer-based analysis of nucleic acid and protein evolution including: BLAST searches; sequence alignment; estimation of rates, patterns, types of substitution; interpreting evolutionary changes in structure-function relations; protein homology modeling; visualizing and annotating protein structure. Prerequisite: Biology 201L or consent of the instructor. One course.

Introduction to Modeling in Mathematical Biology

A first course in biological modeling. Emphasizes methods common to model building in general. Mathematica based lab develops and applies a high level programming language to simplify model building. Topics drawn from cell and molecular biology, molecular evolution, enzyme catalysis, biochemical pathways, population genetics, ecology, systems biology, and developmental biology. Prerequisite: Mathematics 103 or equivalent. One course.