2020 Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Summer Courses


    Development and Physiology (5 credits)

  • BIOE 20B

    Session 2

    Topics in morphology, physiology, development, genetics, and endocrinology selected to exemplify current issues and perspectives in organismic biology. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 20A.

    Proposed Instructor - Robin Dunkin


  • Ecology and Evolution (5 credits)

  • BIOE 20C

    Session 1

    Introduction to ecology and evolution covering principles of evolution at the molecular, organismal, and population levels. Evolutionary topics include genetic and phenotypic variation, natural selection, adaptation, speciation, and macroevolution. Also covers behavioral, population, and community ecology including applied ecological issues.

    Proposed Instructor - Baldo Marinovic


  • Introduction to Field Research and Conservation (2 credits)

  • BIOE 82

    Session 1

    A field-based course with overnight and day trips to regionally diverse areas throughout Central California. Field trips and lectures familiarize students with a wide variety of topics in the ecological, conservation, and environmental science as well as natural-resource management. Enrollment is by instructor permission. Students are billed a materials fee.

    Proposed Instructor - Sean Reilly


  • Ecology (online) (5 credits)

  • BIOE 107

    Session 1

    Online only class.

    Focuses on physiological, behavioral, and population ecology, and on linking ecological processes to evolution. It includes basic principles, experimental approaches, concepts of modeling, and applications to ecological problems.

    Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements; BIOL 20ABIOE 20B, and BIOE 20C.

    Note: Course includes additional fee for online exam proctoring.

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    This course will be hosted online in Canvas at canvas.ucsc.edu. It will be available the week before the class starts. Be sure to check your UCSC email for specific instructions!

    Proposed Instructor - Pauline Blaimont


  • Marine Ecology (5 credits)

  • BIOE 108

    Session 1

    Paradigms and designs in marine ecology. A review of the paradigms that have shaped our understanding of marine ecology; analysis and discussion of experiments with these paradigms. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 208.

    Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements; BIOL 20ABIOE 20B, and BIOE 20CBIOE 107 or BIOE 140 recommended. Enrollment is restricted to juniors and seniors.

    Proposed Instructor - Ellen Wiilis-Norton


  • Evolution (online) (5 credits)

  • BIOE 109

    Session 2

    Online only class. 

    An examination of the history and mechanisms of evolutionary change. Topics include molecular evolution, natural and sexual selection, adaptation, speciation, biogeography, and macroevolution.

    Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements; BIOL 20ABIOE 20BBIOE 20C, and BIOL 105.

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer. 

    Note: Course includes additional fee for online exam proctoring.

    This course will be hosted online in Canvas at canvas.ucsc.edu. It will be available the week before the class starts. Be sure to check your UCSC email for specific instructions!

    Proposed Instructor - Travis Apgar


  • Ecosystems of California (online) (5 credits)

  • BIOE 125

    8-Week

    Online only class.

    A survey of the diversity, structure, and functioning of California's ecosystems through time and the ways they have influenced and responded to human activities and stewardship. Topics include: ecosystem drivers such as climate, soils, and land-use history; human and ecological prehistory; comparative marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystem dynamics; and managed ecosystems such as range, fisheries, and agriculture. (General Education Code(s): PE-E.)  Cross listed course - ENVS 125

    Prerequisite(s): BIOE 20C. Enrollment is restricted to ecology and evolution, marine biology, plant sciences, and biology B.A. majors.

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Course Video

    This course will be hosted online in Canvas at canvas.ucsc.edu. It will be available the week before the class starts. Be sure to check your UCSC email for specific instructions!

    Proposed Instructor - Erika Zavaleta


  • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (5 credits)

  • BIOE 134

    Session 2

    Course focuses on vertebrate form and function: an integration of physiology and biomechanics. Topics include: the physiology and biomechanics underlying vertebrate locomotion; vertebrate feeding; and the morphological changes associated with different locomotion and feeding strategies through evolutionary time. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 20A and BIOE 20B and BIOE 20C. Concurrent enrollment in BIOE 134L is required.

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor - Rita Mehta


  • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Laboratory (2 credits)

  • BIOE 134L

    Session 2

    Course focuses on the gross dissections all major clades of vertebrates: development, form, and diversity of organ systems and basic principles of evolution; vertebrate classification; and functional morphology, with emphasis on feeding and locomotion. Anatomical dissections integrated with the associated lecture material focusing on biomechanics, form, and function. Students are billed for a $70 materials fee. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 20A and BIOE 20B and BIOE 20C. Concurrent enrollment in BIOE 134 is required. 

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor - Rita Mehta


  • Freshwater Ecology (5 credits)

  • BIOE 155

    Session 2

    Provides an overview of the physical, chemical, and biological processes that characterize inland waters such as lakes, streams, rivers, and wetlands. Also addresses relationships between humans and freshwater, and discusses these challenges in conservation.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 20ABIOE 20B, and BIOE 20C.

    Proposed Instructor - Megan Sabal


  • Field Methods in Marine Ecology (5 credits)

  • BIOE 158L

    Session 1

    Supervised individual research projects in experimental marine biology. Students carry out a complete research project, including (1) the formation of hypotheses; (2) the design and implementation of experiments; (3) collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; and (4) write-up of an oral presentation. Students are billed a $40 materials fee. Prerequisite(s): BIOE 107 or BIOE 108 + satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. 

    This is an intro to fields methods course. The first half is spent going and learning how to survey different ecosystems around Monterey Bay (rocky intertidal, sandy beach, dunes, Elkhorn Slough and more!). The second half is spent doing independent study projects. A great opportunity to get outside and get 5 credits for a summer field course! Email jogsmith@ucsc.edu with questions.

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor - Josh Smith

    *Pending CCI Approval