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.

    If you need to take the prerequisite in Session 1, enroll in that course first, then email summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code anytime after you enroll.

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer. Contact summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code to enroll.  

    Proposed Instructor - Robin Dunkin

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  • 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.

    If this class is a prerequisite for a Session 2 course you want to take, email summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code anytime after you enroll.

    Proposed Instructor - Baldo Marinovic

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  • Introduction to Field Research and Conservation (2 credits)

  • BIOE 82

    Session 1

    We will focus on learning the natural history of both UC Santa Cruz and the ecosystem wherever you are this quarter. You will learn the practice of careful observation of nature and will become familiar with the tools used to identify organisms. You will also be introduced to the scientific process, from formulating hypotheses through analyzing and presenting your own data. To take this course, you must have access to an outdoor space wherever you are (a backyard, a garden, or an adjacent open space) that is safe and legal for you to be in under Shelter-in-Place guidelines (e.g. as outdoor recreation) in your area.

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer. Contact summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code to enroll.  

    Proposed Instructor - Sean Reilly

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  • 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.

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer. Contact summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code to enroll.  

    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 - Pauline Blaimont

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  • 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.

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer. Contact summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code to enroll.  

    Proposed Instructor - Ellen Wiilis-Norton

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  • 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. Contact summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code to enroll.  

    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

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  • 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.

    UCSC Students - major restrictions are lifted for summer. Contact summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code to enroll if you have met the prerequisites.

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer. Contact summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code to enroll.  

    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

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  • 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.

    UCSC Students - if you need to take the prerequisite in Session 1, enroll in that course first, then email summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code to enroll in this course.

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer. Contact summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code to enroll.  

    Proposed Instructor - Rita Mehta

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  • 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. No materials fee this summer.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 20A and BIOE 20B and BIOE 20C. Concurrent enrollment in BIOE 134 is required.

    UCSC Students - if you need to take the prerequisite in Session 1, enroll in that course first, then email summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code to enroll in this course.

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer. Contact summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code to enroll.  

    Proposed Instructor - Rita Mehta

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  • 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.

    If you need to take the prerequisite in Session 1, enroll in that course first, then email summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code to enroll in this course.

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer. Contact summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code to enroll.  

    Proposed Instructor - Megan Sabal

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  • Field Methods in Marine Ecology (5 credits)

  • BIOE 158L

    Session 1

    An intro to field methods course. The first half of the course will be spent learning how to conduct research in the marine environment by exploring photographic and videographic imagery collected from deep sea remotely operated vehicles, drone-surveys, diver operated stereo systems, and photo quadrats. Students will learn how to apply novel technologies in ecology, design experiments, and test hypotheses. In the second half of the course, students will develop independent study projects. Results from student projects will be used in several ongoing long-term ecological research projects. This is a great opportunity for students to acquire real-world research experience! Email jogsmith@ucsc.edu with questions.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOE 107 or BIOE 108; satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements.

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer. Contact summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code to enroll.  

    Proposed Instructor - Josh Smith

    Course Video

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