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Bio 106: Ocean Life

In this course we will explore the field of marine science, with a focus on the biology of marine organisms, recent scientific discoveries, and the science behind current global ocean conservation issues.  The course is designed to give you a broad survey of the field of marine biology. The course consists of a combination of lectures, reading and presentations by guest lecturers who are leaders in the field of marine biological research. Topics covered include basic oceanography, diversity of marine life, adaptations of marine organisms to their environment, technology for ocean exploration, recent advances in marine biological research and the science behind ocean conservation issues.

Bio 456/BIO 658: Animal Communication

In this course we will search for fundamental principles underlying how and why animals communicate with each other. The course is designed to give you practice in the critical reading of scientific papers and in the presentation of scientific information to your colleagues that are an integral part of being a scientist. The course consists of a combination of introductory lectures, reading and discussion of primary scientific literature, and presentations of independent research proposals on special research topics in animal communication. We will examine the mechanisms animals use to produce and perceive signals in different sensory modalities and how the environment impacts the transmission of these signals. The main section of the course examines the behavioral role of signaling, the conflicts that arise when senders and receivers have differing interests, and the behavioral strategies that result from these conflicts. Students enrolled in the graduate level of the course have additional searate assignments.