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CMUBS Summer Class Schedule

Summer Session 1

  • BIO 597z5: Applied Molecular Ecology and Bioinformatics
    May 10 - May 15, 2018
    Instructors: Dr. Andrew Mahon & Dr. Deric Learman, 1 credit or non-credit workshop

    An examination of techniques related to monitoring and surveillance of aquatic ecosystems. Techniques include aquatic sampling, sample processing, and data analysis of molecular ecology data (from eDNA to microbial ecology).

    Prerequisites: BIO212/213, or BIO326, or permission of the instructor, or graduate student in Biology.
  • BIO 511z: Aquatic Insects
    May 14 - June 1, 2018
    Instructors: Mrs. Donna King, 3 credits

    Natural history and systematics of freshwater insects.

    Prerequisites: BIO 212/213, or BIO 218 or graduate standing or instructor permission.
  • GEO 357z1: Hiking Beaver Island
    May 14 - May 18, 2018
    Instructors: Dr. Mark Francek, 1 credit or non-credit workshop

    Explore the natural and cultural history of Beaver Island via daily hiking trips. Daily field trips, ranging from five to twelve miles will study geology, botany, fossils, and exotic species, pollution, and development pressures. Locations explored include dunes, wetlands, forests, streams, and quarries with some featured stops being only accessible through off road hiking trails. The course will culminate in a “Across the Island” hiking tour. While on the road, students will have the opportunity to use miniature weather stations, infrared thermometers, ultraviolet radiation meters, hypsometers, and GPS units to explore the natural history, geography, and weather of Beaver Island.

    Prerequisites: No hiking experience is necessary but students should be able to hike five to ten miles daily.
  • BIO 597z6: Beaver Island Bird Diversity During Migration
    May 21 - May 26, 2018
    Instructors: Dr. Nancy Seefelt, 2 credits or non-credit workshop

    An investigation of bird diversity during spring migration on Beaver Island using field observation, field techniques, and museum specimens. Course includes experience in mist-netting and bird banding. Participants must be able to hike outdoors. Binoculars required and supplied by participants. Course also includes participation in the Beaver Island Birding Festival on Saturday, May 26, 2017.

    Prerequisites: 12 credit hours of Biology or permission of instructor.
  • BIO 597z7: Scuba Techniques in Biological Research
    June 1 - June 4, 2018
    Instructors: Dr. John Scheide, 1 credit or non-credit workshop

    Explores the use of scuba techniques in research with emphasis on cold water diving. A formal scuba skills review is part of this course.

    Prerequisites: 15 credit hours of Biology or permission of instructor. Certified Open Water Diver. Have own up-to-date equipment, or may rent equipment. Up-to-date medical records.
    Notes: Additional course fees will apply to cover tank refills and boat use. Any equipment needed to rent will be an additional out-of-pocket cost to participant.
  • CHM 211z: Quantitative Analysis
    June 11 - June 21, 2018
    Instructors: Dr. Dale LeCaptain, 4 credits

    Lecture on CMU Main Campus (May 14th-June 9th) OR On-line (April 30-June 9th)

    Field experience emphasizing environmental analytical chemistry at CMUBS (June 11th-June 21st) Analysis and interpretation of quantitative chemical information from volumetric, electrochemical, spectroscopic, and chromatographic techniques.

    Prerequisites: CHM 132, recommended MTH 107.
  • GEO 357z2: Landscape History and Sustainability on Beaver Island, Lake Michigan
    June 18 - June 22, 2018
    Instructors: Dr. Barb Anderson, 2 credits or non-credit workshop

    Field studies to examine factors influencing human population distributions from native peoples’ first settlements to Mormon and Irish settlements to present day communities, human-environment interactions, roles of plants and animals in native freshwater ecosystems, climate change, and landscape change agents including white-tailed deer, introduced species and pathogens, and threats to island biodiversity. An introduction to the principles of ecology at the population, community and ecosystem level; emphasis on sustainability with an introduction to concepts, issues, and practice.

    Prerequisites: a general Biology course or permission of instructor.

Summer Session II:

  • BIO 213z: Foundations of Ecology
    June 25 - July 13, 2018
    Instructors: Dr. Kevin Pangle, 4 credits

    Study the relationship between organisms and their environment.

    Prerequisites: BIO 112 with a C- or better.
  • BIO 597z1: Ecology of Great Lakes Algae
    July 8 - July 13, 2018
    Instructor: Dr. Hunter Carrick, 2 credits or non-credit workshop

    Examine the taxonomy and ecology of freshwater algae in the Great Lakes region. The course will take a systems-level approach towards describing and identifying characteristic algal assemblages that inhabit ecosystems in and around the Beaver Island Archipelago. Students will conduct habitat assessments for freshwater ecosystems using algae as a proxy for ecosystem health (productivity, food web structure, occurrence of harmful and nuisance species).

    Prerequisites: BIO 212/213, or BIO 218, CHM 132 or graduate student in Biology or permission of instructor.
  • BIO 100z: Field Biology
    July 9 - July 20, 2018
    Instructor: Mr. Dan Benjamin, 3 credits

    Introduction to the techniques and methods for field studies in biology. Sampling procedures, interpretation and data analysis emphasize basic ecological relationships between organisms and their environments.

    Prerequisites: Open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors for college credit.
  • BIO 597z4: Freshwater Mollusks of Northern Lake Michigan
    July 14 - July 17, 2018
    Instructor: Dr. Dave Zanatta, 1 credit or non-credit workshop

    An examination of the ecology, life history, taxonomy, and conservation status of freshwater mollusks (bivalves and gastropods) from the Beaver Island Archipelago and Lake Michigan.

    Prerequisites: BIO212/213, or BIO218, or graduate student in Biology or instructor permission.
    Note: Cannot receive credit for both this class and BIO 520: Great Lakes Mollusks.
  • BIO 366z: Freshwater Biology
    July 18 - August 5, 2018
    Instructor: Mrs. Donna King, 3 credits

    An introduction to the ecology of freshwater systems with an emphasis on the natural history, identification, and collection of freshwater organisms.

    Prerequisites: BIO 110 or 111 or instructor permission.
  • BIO 597z8: Stream Ecology: Theory and Application
    July 30 - August 2, 2018
    Instructor: Dr. Gary Lamberti, University of Notre Dame, 1 credit or non-credit workshop

    Learn about the physical, chemical, and biological organization of stream and river ecosystems along with their riparian zones and watersheds. Evaluate recent conceptual developments in stream ecology. Interpret the effects of human activities on streams, rivers, and watersheds.

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