2021 Remote Ecology and 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 (5 credits)

  • BIOE 107

    Session 1

    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.

    Proposed Instructor - Ellen Willis-Norton


  • 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 BIOE 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 - Joshua Smith


  • Evolution (5 credits)

  • BIOE 109

    Session 2

    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.

    Proposed Instructor - Daniel Wright


  • Ornithology (5 credits)

  • BIOE 112

    Session 2

    Introduction to the evolution, ecology, behavior, and natural history of birds, using exemplary case histories to illustrate key concepts in evolution, ecology, and behavior.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOE 107BIOE 109, or BIOE 140. Concurrent enrollment in BIOE 112L is required.

    Proposed Instructor: Theadora Block


  • Ornithology Field Studies (2 credits)

  • BIOE 112L

    Session 2

    Field trips introduce students to field identification skills and field investigation of census, foraging behavior, migration, social behavior, and communication. Examination of specimens in the laboratory will be used to highlight the diversity and taxonomy of birds. Students are billed a materials fee. Some field trips may require students to provide their own transportation.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOE 107BIOE 109, or BIOE 140. Concurrent enrollment in BIOE 112 is required.

    Proposed Instructor: Theadora Block


  • Plants and Society: the Biology of Food, Shelter, and Medicine (5 credits)

  • BIOE 118

    Session 2

    Introduces plant biology as it affects human society. Topics include the origins of agriculture, the morphology and chemistry of food plants, the material uses of plant products, the biology of medicinal plants, and plant diversity and bioprospecting.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 20A and BIOE 20B and BIOE 20C; or ENVS 23 and ENVS 24.

    Proposed Instructor: Sara Grove


  • Ecosystems of California (5 credits)

  • BIOE 125

    Session 1

    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. Crosslisted course ENVS 125. General Education Code PE-E. 

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

    Course Video

    Proposed Instructor - Erika Zavaleta


  • Biology of Large Marine Vertebrates (5 credits)

  • BIOE 126

    10-Week

    Broad overview of the ecology, evolution, physiology, and behavior of marine mammals, birds, and turtles, with an emphasis on local Monterey Bay species.

    Proposed Instructor: Roxanne Beltran

    Pending CCI Approval


  • Biology of Marine Mammals (5 credits)

  • BIOE 129

    Session 2

    A survey of cetaceans, pinnipeds, sirenians, and sea otters, including natural history, systematics, physiology, behavior, anatomy, and conservation.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 20ABIOE 20B, and BIOE 20C; and satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. BIOL 110 is recommended.

    Proposed Instructor: Caroline Casey


  • Biology of Marine Mammals Laboratory (2 credits)

  • BIOE 129L

    Session 2

    Covers the basics of marine mammal taxonomy, anatomy, and field methods with an emphasis on local field identification and understanding of local species. Will include field trips to Long Marine Lab, Ano Nuevo, and Monterey Bay. Students are billed a materials fee.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 20ABIOE 20B, and BIOE 20C. Must be taken concurrently with BIOE 129.

    Proposed Instructor: Caroline Casey


  • Animal Physiology (5 credits)

  • BIOE 131

    Session 1

    Principles and concepts underlying the function of tissues and organ systems in animals with emphasis on vertebrate systems. Students cannot receive credit for this course and BIOL 130.

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

    Proposed Instructor: Katherine Dale


  • Animal Physiology Laboratory (2 credits)

  • BIOE 131L

    Session 1

    Experiments conducted with primary focus on quantitative physiological principles of organ systems and intact organisms. Students cannot receive credit for this course and BIOL 130L.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 20ABIOE 20B, and BIOE 20C. Concurrent enrollment in BIOE 131 is required.

    Proposed Instructor: Katherine Dale


  • 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. 

    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 materials fee.

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

    Proposed Instructor - Rita Mehta


  • Animal Behavior in the Wild (A Virtual Field Course) (5 credits)

  • BIOE 142L

    8-Week

    Online laboratory course with a remote (not in-person), virtual field component. Students learn about the scientific study of animal behavior from an ecological and evolutionary perspective through lectures, behavior videos, assignments, field observations, digital labs and final research project. The general goal, however, is to develop the ability to observe the natural world, design research, collect and interpret data, and communicate ideas. General Education Code PR-E

    Prerequisites: BIOL 20ABIOE 20B, and BIOE 20C. Students may benefit from taking BIOE 142L after or concurrently with BIOE 107 or BIOE 140.

    Proposed Instructor - Dori Weiler