Applied Biodiversity Genetics (Biol 360)

Great Lakes Campus - Summer Session I

Course Description

A field class introducing recent advances in molecular biology techniques, computation, and storage for applied ecological work. The ability to utilize these techniques is becoming more and more important to scientists for addressing fundamental questions in biology. This course will expose you to a broad range of techniques and concepts in molecular biology and phylogenetics. Emphasis is placed on the strengths and limitations of each method and its application to a wide range of organisms, including plants, animals, and microorganisms. It will provide a foundation for molecular applications to issues of environmental stewardship. Prerequisites: Two years of biology, one year of chemistry. Field.

Professor: Dr. Benjamin Van Ee
Meets: Wednesday & Saturday

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Field Experiences

  • Kalkaska School Forest (fern gametophytes)
  • Manistee River
  • Jordan River Valley
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes and Great Lakes shoreline ecosystems
  • Kniss Road bear hair snare with Keith Kintigh, Wildlife Supervisor, Northern Lower Peninsula, Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources
  • Kirtland’s Warbler protected area
  • Maple Bay County Park

Student Testimonials

Will Miller - On Becoming a Molecular Ecologist Apologist 

Tommy McElrath - Molecular Ecology: Here to Stay in Ecology and Conservation

Erik Swanson - Molecular Ecology: Opening Doors for Undergraduate Research