The history of humans is deeply intertwined with plants. We depend on them for food, fuel, beverages, medicine, textiles, shelter, and trade. This course explores the evolutionary diversity of plants across the Green Tree of Life and their importance to people through time, the history of their domestication, their current roles in our society, and in our ecosystems. Includes laboratory investigations and scheduled field trips.
Introduction to diversity and biology of amphibians and non-avian reptiles. Emphases on their evolutionary history, including the relationships among the major taxonoic groups and to other taxa. Topics include evolutionary adaptations with regard to life history, physiology, behavior. Human interactions and other species conservation. Examples from North Carolina and the Southeastern US will be used whenever possible. Laboratory activities, field projects, required and optional field trips. Prerequisite: Biology 202L or equivalent.
Symbiotic interactions are integral to the biology of multicellular eukaryotes. The discovery of the roles of the human microbiome in the development, physiology, ecology and evolution of humans is currently transforming medicine. This course is a multidisciplinary study, at the intersection of evolutionary biology, ecology and genomics, of symbiotic systems such as plant-animal, microbe-plant, and microbe-animal symbioses spanning the entire tree of life, including the human microbiome.
Ecology/biodiversity and conservation in Alaska: identification and natural history of native plants and animals including both terrestrial and marine species, biogeographic history and patterns, native American cultures, conservation issues surrounding Alaskan natural resources. Regional, national, and geopolitical issues surrounding development and conservation in Alaska and elsewhere in the arctic.
Survey of new advances in the field of environmental and evolu- tionary microbiology, based on current literature, discussion, and laboratory exercises. Topics to include bacterial phylogeny, molecular ecology, emerging infectious diseases, bacterial symbiosis, experimental evolution, evolution of drug resistance, and microbial genomics. Prerequisite: Biology 20 or 212L or 201L or 202L. One course. 4 graduate units.
The biology of insects: diversity, development, physiology, and ecology. Field trips. Prereq- uisite: Biology 20 or 202L or equivalent. One course. 4 graduate units.
The biology of mammals: diversity, evolutionary history, morphology, and aspects of physiology and ecology. Local field trips. Prerequisite: Biology 20 or 202L or equivalent. One course. 3 graduate units.
Survey of the major groups of fungi with emphasis on life history and systematics. Field and laboratory exercises. One course. 3 graduate units.