EEB 401 - Advanced Topics in Biology
Fall 2019, Section 002 - UMBS Field Component
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB)
Department: LSA Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
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Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Intended for senior majors. The prerequisites will be set by the instructor as appropriate for each section.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This field course will be held at the UM Biological Station (UMBS) in second half of August 2019 prior to the start of the Fall 2019 term. For additional information on the field course, including specific dates, please see the UMBS link.

This project-based course will emulate how scientists study environmental microbes in the context of real-world sustainability issues in Northern Michigan—while making novel scientific contributions. The course goals include the mastery of methods needed to sample and study the community and functional diversity of freshwater microbes and their viruses. The students will gain experience developing research questions and hypotheses, applying both classic and state-of-the-art techniques in microbiology, and communicating their results to (i) build their microbial methods tool-set to ask deeper and more specific questions and (ii) increase competitiveness for future academic and professional pursuits.

At the start of the UMBS course, students will gain exposure to water microbe-relevant sustainability issues in Northern Michigan with local partners (wastershed councils, managers, citizen science groups), answering: “What are the real world issues?” Simultaneously, students will master microbiological concepts and skills needed for field sample collection and analysis, answering: “How could we rigorously address those issues?” The first week will be devoted to student project development, e.g., hypothesis generation and study design. Between the first and second weeks, students will spend two nights on Lake Michigan in a tall-masted schooner to learn, e.g., how to work on a research vessel, sampling equipment and collection, navigation, and the science of regional ecosystem monitoring programs. The second week will be devoted to student project development, continued sample collection as needed, data analysis, and preserving the projects until the on-campus course component begins. Students will master: field sampling techniques for the collection of microbes and their viruses in both the water column and sediment, fluorescent microscopy of microbes and viruses, development of enrichment cultures targeting specific microbial metabolisms, isolation of environmental microbes and viruses, nucleic acids extractions, and concepts of community genomics (actual analysis to be performed in fall term on campus).

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EEB 401 - Advanced Topics in Biology
Schedule Listing
002 (LAB)
 In Person
Note: This section meets Aug. 11 - Aug. 23 at the U-M Biological Field Station and is associated with EEB 447 (fall term on-campus lab). More info: Contact the dept. with questions.
003 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
004 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM

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