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Information about COVID-19 and UMBS

We will update this page with news regarding COVID-19 and spring & summer terms at UMBS. Stay tuned.

April 8th:

The administration and faculty have been working diligently on course material. We expect to know by the end of the week which classes will meet the requirement for experiential learning/field experience! The Summer sections of General Ecology will also fulfill the ULWR (upper-level writing requirement)!

As classes are being converted from a face-to-face to online format, the syllabi are still in progress and will be distributed directly by faculty to those enrolled in their classes after they are enrolled. We expect to begin enrolling students in Spring and Summer classes by the end of next week and will send out a follow up message regarding enrollment accordingly.

The following online courses are expected to be offered in 2020:

EEB 381: General Ecology Sec 711 (5 credits)
EEB 381: General Ecology Sec 712 (5 credits)
ENVIRON 244: Macro - Micro in Nature Through Art (3 credits)
BIOLOGY 173 ARC: Intro Biology Lab (3 credits)
CHEM 125/126 ARC: Intro Chem Lab (3 credits)
GLACE -Great Lake Arts, Culture and Environment (8 credits)
EEB 348 or ENVIRON 348: Forest Ecosystems (5 credits)
EEB 381: General Ecology Sec 1 (5 credits)
EEB 381: General Ecology Sec 2 (5 credits)
EEB 392: Natural History & Evolution (5 credits)
EEB 457: Algae in Freshwater Ecosystems (5 credits)
EEB 486: Biology and Ecology of Fishes (5 credits)
EEB 405 (Special Topics): Plant Diversity in the Digital Age (3 credits)

Visit individual course pages for more information, and stay tuned for additional updates.


UMBS Admin Team


March 24th:

Hello 2020 Spring and Summer Students,

We are so disappointed to be emailing you that, in accordance with President Schlissel's announcement, Spring and Summer terms at the Station will not be offered as they have traditionally been delivered for the past 112 years.

That being said, we are committed to preserving the spirit of the Station and are working with our faculty to develop remote instruction options for those of you who need credits to graduate or are simply eager to learn about the world in a more interactive way. We hope to have a list of course options and opportunities for you early next week.

Thank you for your patience in these uncertain times - we are living history. Stay safe and well.


March 17th:

A note from UMBS leadership:

Dear Spring-Summer Biological Station Students,

All of us at the Biological Station, including our faculty, staff, & visiting researchers, are pleased that you have enrolled in our 2020 courses. We look forward to hosting your field station experiences and are hopeful that the emerging COVID-19 pandemic will not interfere with our plans to provide you with on-site field courses in northern Michigan.

As you know, however, all of us at the U-M and elsewhere are facing an unprecedented set of circumstances surrounding the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We are working with our Dean's office to navigate through the uncertainties of the coming months. We will keep you informed regarding the status of spring and summer term course offerings and other programs (REU, etc.) as we develop plans for the coming field season.

Please know that we will do our best to make sure everyone is healthy and safe by working with the U-M administration and other summer programs to plan and minimize health risks. We understand that the uncertainty in and of itself is a source of anxiety, and we'll keep you posted as we learn more and as the situation develops further.

Please feel free to contact us at with any questions, comments, or concerns. In the meantime, we wish you all the best of health and well-being.


Knute Nadelhoffer, Director
Karie Slavik, Associate Director