BIOL 1108: Principles of Biology (FS 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)

“Principles of Biology” introduces the fascination and diversity of life on earth, while showing anybody ready to learn to the many different ways of studying it. The lecture and lab course that will take you from the biochemical components of life to the functioning of the cell, genetic inheritance, the diversity and evolution of plants all the way to a glimpse into ecology! Book: Biology, by Campbell & Reece; Benjamin/Cummings Co. (10th; 8/9th ed)
Syllabus FS2016
Enrollment fall 2015: 32
Enrollment fall 2016: 22
Enrollment fall 2017: 26
Enrollment fall 2018: 16
Enrollment fall 2019: 14

MARN 4018/5018: Ecology of Fishes (SS 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)

Ecology of Fishes
“Ecology of Fishes” introduces and discusses classic topics of fish ecology such as distribution, feeding, bioenergetics, growth, larval fish ecology, biotic interactions or life history evolution, with the additional goal of providing a forum to discuss contemporary research of these topics. Each week, a lecture is followed by a paper discussion on topic-relevant publications of their choice. In addition to passing on a glimpse of the breadth of existing knowledge, a major objective of the course is to identify issues that are still insufficiently understood and thus require further research. I’ll try to emphasize issues that are somehow still debated, novel, or unresolved. Although we won’t be able to avoid touching on fish anatomy, physiology, or taxonomy, these have been covered elsewhere and are thus not the priority of this course.