Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Summer Courses


    Developmental and Physiological Biology (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.

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    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.

    Proposed Instructor: Baldo Marinovic

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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 20A, BIOE 20B, and BIOE 20C. 

    Note: Course includes additional fee for online exam proctoring.

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor: Sarah McKay Strobel

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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 20A, BIOE 20B, BIOE 20C, and BIOL 105.

    Note: Course includes additional fee for online exam proctoring.

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor: Shelly Sianta

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  • Invertebrate Zoology (5 credits)

  • BIOE 122

    Session 1

    An examination of invertebrates and their habitats. Lecture format. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 20A, BIOE 20B, and BIOE 20C and satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Must be taken concurrently with course 122L.

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor: Gina Contollini

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  • Invertebrate Zoology Laboratory (2 credits)

  • BIOE 122L

    Session 1

    An examination of invertebrates and their habitats. Weekly laboratories or field trips. Students are billed a $25 materials fee. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 20A, BIOE 20B, and BIOE 20C, and satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Must be taken concurrently with BIOE 122.

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor: Gina Contollini

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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. (Also offered as Environmental Studies 125. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Prerequisite(s): course 20C. Enrollment is restricted to ecology and evolution, marine biology, plant sciences, and biology B.A. majors. (General Education Code(s): PE-E.) 

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor: Erika Zavaleta

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  • Animal Physiology (5 credits)

  • BIOE 131

    Session 2

    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 20A, BIOE 20B, and BIOE 20C. 

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor: Sarah Kienle

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  • Animal Physiology Laboratory (2 credits)

  • BIOE 131L

    Session 2

    Experiments conducted with primary focus on quantitative physiological principles of organ systems and intact organisms. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 130L. Students are billed a $10 materials fee. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 20A, BIOE 20B, and BIOE 20C. Concurrent enrollment in BIOE 131 is required. 

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor: Sarah Kienle

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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.

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    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. 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

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  • Behavioral Ecology (5 credits)

  • BIOE 140

    Session 1

    An introduction to social and reproductive behavior. Emphasis on studies of vertebrates in their natural habitat. Ideas concerning the evolution of social behavior, mating systems, and individual reproductive strategies. Case histories of well-studied animals that illustrate key principles in courtship and mating, parental behavior, and food-getting behavior. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 20A, BIOE 20B, and BIOE 20C.

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor: Pauline Blaimont

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  • Disease Ecology (5 credits)

  • BIOE 149

    Session 1

    Focuses on the ecological and evolutionary processes that drive the transmission of pathogens between hosts; the impact of disease on host populations; and what causes the emergence of an infectious disease. Includes theoretical framework, description of field techniques, and discussion of wildlife and human diseases including malaria, West Nile virus, Lyme disease, HIV, avian influenza (bird flu), Chikungunya, tuberculosis, chytridiomycosis, and Ebola. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 20A, and BIOE 20B and 20C and 107.

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor: Luz De Wit

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  • Marine Ecology Laboratory (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 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

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