OEB Courses

OEB COURSES

Graduate Courses

OEB 300: Museum Collections Management and Curation

Instructor: James Hanken
Meeting Times: Monday / 3:00pm - 4:29pm
Description: Practical training in and understanding of contemporary curatorial practices and procedures for zoological collections management.  Students will attend a weekly seminar, complete two 6-week rotations (@ 10 hr/wk) in two different specimen collections in the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, and participate in a 2-day field trip to the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC.
Course Notes: Interested students must seek instructor consent prior to enrolling in the course. Course enrollment will be limited.

OEB 303: Theoretical Population Genetics

 

Instructor: John Wakeley
Term: Offered Fall and Spring Terms
Cross Reg: Available for Harvard Cross Registration

 

OEB 304: Mycology

Instructor: Donald Pfister
Term: Offered Fall and Spring Terms
Cross Reg: Available for Harvard Cross Registration

OEB 305: The Fundamental Interconnectedness of All Things

Instructor: David Haig
Term: Offered Fall and Spring Terms
Cross Reg: Available for Harvard Cross Registration

OEB 307: Biomechanics, Physiology and Musculoskeletal Biology

Instructor: Andrew Biewener
Term: Offered Fall and Spring Terms
Cross Reg: Available for Harvard Cross Registration

OEB 308: Evolution of Floral Developmental Mechanisms

Instructor: Elena Kramer
Term: Offered Fall and Spring Terms
Cross Reg: Available for Harvard Cross Registration

OEB 309: Evolution, Genomics, and Speciation

Instructor: Jim Mallet
Term: Offered Fall and Spring Terms
Cross Reg: Available for Harvard Cross Registration

OEB 310: Metazoan Systematics

Instructor: Gonzalo Giribet
Term: Offered Fall and Spring Terms
Cross Reg: Available for Harvard Cross Registration

OEB 311: Ecosystem Ecology

Instructor: Paul Moorcroft
Term: Offered Fall and Spring Terms
Cross Reg: Available for Harvard Cross Registration

OEB 320: Biomechanics and Evolution of Vertebrates

Instructor: George Lauder
Term: Offered Fall and Spring Terms
Cross Reg: Available for Harvard Cross Registration

OEB 321: Evolution of Regeneration and Development

Instructor: Mansi Srivastava
Cross Reg: Available for Harvard Cross Registration

OEB 322: Temporal Community Ecology

Instructor: Elizabeth Wolkovich
Cross Reg: Available for Harvard Cross Registration

OEB 323: Advanced Vertebrate Anatomy

Instructor: Stephanie Pierce
Term: Offered Fall and Spring Terms
Cross Reg: Available for Harvard Cross Registration

OEB 324: Molecular Evolution

Instructor: Daniel Hartl
Meeting Times: TBA
Cross Reg: Available for Harvard Cross Registration

OEB 325: Marine Biology

Instructor: Robert M. Woollacott
Term: Offered Fall and Spring Terms
Cross Reg: Available for Harvard Cross Registration

OEB 334: Behavioral Ecology

Instructor: Naomi Pierce
Term: Offered Fall and Spring Terms
Cross Reg: Available for Harvard Cross Registration

OEB 339: Whole-Plant Physiology

Instructor: Noel Holbrook
Term: Offered Fall and Spring Terms
Cross Reg: Available for Harvard Cross Registration

OEB 341: Coevolution

Instructor: Brian Farrell
Term: Offered Fall and Spring Terms
Cross Reg: Available for Harvard Cross Registration

OEB 343: Microbial Ecology and Symbiosis

Instructor: Colleen Cavanaugh
Term: Offered Fall and Spring Terms
Cross Reg: Available for Harvard Cross Registration

OEB 345: Biological Oceanography

Instructor: James McCarthy
Term: Offered Fall and Spring Terms
Cross Reg: Available for Harvard Cross Registration

OEB 355: Evolutionary Developmental Biology

Instructor: James Hanken
Term: Offered Fall and Spring Terms
Cross Reg: Available for Harvard Cross Registration

OEB 359: Paleobotany

Instructor: Andrew Knoll
Term: Offered Fall and Spring Terms
Cross Reg: Available for Harvard Cross Registration

OEB 361: Somatic Evolution of Cancer

Instructor: Martin Nowak
Term: Offered Fall and Spring Terms
Cross Reg: Available for Harvard Cross Registration

OEB 362: Research in Molecular Evolution

Instructor: Scott Edwards
Term: Offered Fall and Spring Terms
Cross Reg: Available for Harvard Cross Registration

OEB 363: Plant Diversity and Evolution

Instructor: Charles Davis
Term: Offered Fall and Spring Terms
Cross Reg: Available for Harvard Cross Registration

OEB 364: Ecological Physiology of Microbes

Instructor: Peter Girguis
Term: Offered Fall and Spring Terms
Cross Reg: Available for Harvard Cross Registration

OEB 367: Evolutionary and Ecological Diversity

Instructor: Jonathan Losos
Term: Offered Fall and Spring Terms
Cross Reg: Available for Harvard Cross Registration

OEB 369: Molecular Genetics of Neuroscience

Instructor: Yun Zhang
Term: Offered Fall and Spring Terms
Cross Reg: Available for Harvard Cross Registration

OEB 370: Mammalian Evolutionary Genetics

Instructor: Hopi Hoekstra
Term: Offered Fall and Spring Terms
Cross Reg: Available for Harvard Cross Registration

OEB 371: Comparative & Evolutionary Invertebrate Developmental Biology

Instructor: Cassandra Extavour
Term: Offered Fall and Spring Terms
Cross Reg: Available for Harvard Cross Registration

OEB 372: Neural Basis of Learned Motor Behaviors

Instructor: Bence Ölveczky
Term: Offered Fall and Spring Terms
Cross Reg: Available for Harvard Cross Registration

OEB 375: Evolutionary Dynamics and Population Genetics

 

Instructor: MIchael Desai
Term: Offered Fall and Spring Terms
Cross Reg: Available for Harvard Cross Registration

 

OEB 378: Terrestrial Ecology

Instructor: Andrew Richardson
Term: Offered Fall and Spring Terms
Cross Reg: Available for Harvard Cross Registration

OEB 380: Neurobiological Basis of Behavior

Instructor: Benjamin de Bivort
Term: Offered Fall and Spring Terms
Cross Reg: Available for Harvard Cross Registration

OEB 385: Natural Selection in Humans and Pathogens

Instructor: Pardis Sabeti
Term: Offered Fall and Spring Terms
Cross Reg: Available for Harvard Cross Registration

OEB 386: Organismic and Evolutionary Plant Biology

Instructor: William Friedman
Term: Offered Fall and Spring Terms
Cross Reg: Available for Harvard Cross Registration

OEB 387: Plant Evolution and Speciation

Instructor: Robin Hopkins
Term: Offered Fall and Spring Terms
Cross Reg: Available for Harvard Cross Registration

OEB 390R: Writing Fellowship & Grant Proposals for the Biol Sci

Instructor: David Haig, Yun Zhang
Cross Reg: Available for Harvard Cross Registration

OEB 399: Topics in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Instructor: David Haig, Yun Zhang
Description: Presents the research interests and experiences of scientists in organismic and evolutionary biology. Specific topics treated vary from year to year.
Course Notes:  Required of all first-year graduate students in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology.
Cross Reg: Available for Harvard Cross Registration
Term: Offered Fall and Spring Terms

Primarily Graduate Courses

OEB 200: The Evolution of Stem Cells and Regeneration

Lecturer: Mansi Srivastava
Meeting Times: Wednesdays / 1:00pm - 2:59pm
Description: Among the many unique challenges that multicellular organisms face relative to unicellular ones is how they deal with the death (or loss) of a part of the organism. Should the organism heal and continue life without the missing part, or should it regrow that part? The vast majority of animal (and plant) lineages have species that will replace the missing portion, i.e., they are capable of regeneration. Despite the phylogenetically widespread nature of regeneration, very little is known about any universal cellular, molecular and genetic principles, if any, that control this process. In pursuit of these principles, the course will delve into the literature from a diverse range of species. We will focus on stem cells, which enable the production of new cells that reconstitute the missing tissues. First, we will address what it means to be a stem cell. We will explore how molecular studies of adult stem cells in species ranging from jellyfish to humans are revealing essential and highly evolutionarily conserved molecular mechanisms for stem cells. Second, we will compare the features of adult stem cells to those of other multipotent cells, such as early embryonic cells. Third, we will consider how different species maintain pluripotent stem cells versus those with restricted potential, i.e., lineage-restricted stem cells. We will explore these ideas through the critical reading of the primary literature, including both classical and very recent papers in stem cell biology. Students will obtain a deep understanding of the main concepts and methods concerning the study of stem cells and will become familiar with comparative approaches as applied to stem cell biology and regeneration.
Course Notes: Course is open both to graduate students and to undergraduates who have taken LS1a and LS1b, LS50, or SCRB10, or by permission from the instructor.

OEB 209: Oxygen and Life

Instructor: Andrew Knoll
Meeting Times: Mondays / 1:00pm - 3:59pm
Description: In this seminar, we will explore the molecular and physiological interactions between organisms and oxygen, and use these to shed light on the role of oxygen in modulating evolutionary change through Earth history.
Recommended Prep: One of the following: OEB 191, EPS 181, EPS 186; or permission of instructors

OEB 210: Writing Scientific Papers

Instructor: Andrew Richardson
Description:  You've designed your experiment, made your measurements, and analyzed your data. Now what? How do you write a paper that will not only get accepted, but also get cited? This is a hands-on workshop course targeted at graduate students who are ready to write up their first research paper for submission to a peer-reviewed scientific journal. The class will emphasize the idea that your paper should tell a (nonfiction!) story that engages the reader. By the end of the semester you will have a coherent, well-structured, and polished manuscript.
Enrollment:  12

OEB 212R: Advanced Topics in Plant Physiology

Instructor:  Noel Holbrook
Description:  A critical discussion of current research in plant physiology including measurement techniques, modeling, and experimental approaches. In 2016, the focus will be on stomata -- structure, function, biomechanics, signal transduction and environmental responses. We will consider stomata in bryophytes through angiosperms, and also look at models of stomatal regulation of transpiration and CO2 uptake.
Enrollment:  No Limit
Recommended Prep: OEB 52, OEB 120, or permission of instructor.

OEB 216: Modern Conservation Biology

Instructor:  Elizabeth Wolkovich
Description:  Readings (mainly from the scientific literature) and discussion of what defines and theoretically underpins the field of conservation biology - though discussion is on the current version of the field, readings will span its development over the last 50+ years.
Enrollment:  30
Recommended Prep: OEB 55 or permission of instructor.

OEB 223: Topics in Neurogenetics

Instructor: Yun Zhang
Meeting Times: Wednesdays / 2:00pm - 3:29pm
Description: We will discuss current literatures related to genetic effects on neural functions, including: (1) mental illness; (2) neurodegenerative diseases; (3) various behaviors; (4) learning and memory.
Course Notes:  The course is primarily planned for new graduate students, but it is also open to interested senior undergraduates who have taken OEB 57 (formerly BS 57) or MCB 80 and obtained permission from the instructor.

OEB 242: Population Genetics

Instructors: Daniel Hartl, Michael Desai
Meeting Times: Wednesdays / 2:00pm-4:59pm
Description: Mathematical theory, experimental data, and history of ideas in the field, including analytical methods to study genetic variation with applications to evolution, demographic history, agriculture, health and disease. Includes lectures, problem sets, and student presentations.
Recommended Prep:  LS1b or permission of the instructor.

OEB 258: Contingency Versus Determinism: Is Evolution Predictable

Instructor:  Jonathan Losos
Description:  In his 1989 Pulitzer-Prize winning book Wonderful Life, Stephen Jay Gould asked what would happen if we could replay the tape of life. That is, if somehow we could go back in time and re-start evolution from a previous point, would the evolutionary outcome be the same? Or would events—minor or major—perturb the evolutionary trajectory such that the world today would be a very different place? Presented as a thought experiment, Gould’s metaphor has attracted widespread attention; twenty-five years on, approaches as disparate as molecular phylogenetics and experimental field studies of evolution have provided a wealth of data on the relative importance of contingency and determinism in evolutionary diversification. In this seminar class, we will discuss Gould’s ideas, how they have been developed and transformed over the last quarter century, and what the data say.
Enrollment:  No Limit

OEB 278: Adaptation

Instructors: Robin Hopkins, Jim Mallet
Meeting Times: Tuesdays / 1:00pm - 3:59pm
Description: This course will cover broad topics in adaptation including the causes and consequences of local adaptation, plasticity, genotype by environment interactions, genomics/genetics of adaptation, and adaptive radiations. This will be a discussion-based course focused on primary scientific literature.
Course Notes: Prerequisites: Recommended OEB 52 or permission of instructor.

OEB 290: Microbial Sciences: Chemistry, Ecology and Evolution

Instructor: Michael Gilmore
Meeting Times: Fridays / 8:30am - 11:59pm
Description: This is an interdisciplinary graduate-level and advanced undergraduate-level course in which students explore topics in molecular microbiology, microbial diversity, and microbially-mediated geochemistry in depth. This course will be taught by faculty from the Microbial Sciences Initiative. Topics include the origins of life, biogeochemical cycles, microbial diversity, and ecology.  Course will limit enrollment to 20 students.
Course Notes: Also offered as Microbiology 210
Recommended Prep: For advanced undergraduates, Life Sciences 1a and 1b are required, or permission of instructor. MCB 52 is recommended.

OEB 299R: Forest Practice and Research

Instructor: David Foster
Meeting Times: TBA
Description: Field and laboratory research into the history, biology, ecology, culture, and economic problems of local, regional, and world forests. Individual research projects.
Course Notes:  Seminars, conferences, field, and laboratory work at the Harvard Forest, Petersham, Massachusetts.

Graduate and Undergraduate Courses

OEB 104: The Mouse in Science and Society

Instructor: Steven Niemi
Description: Mice remain the most popular vertebrates used in biomedical R&D today, with tens of millions of lab mice produced annually in the United States alone. At the same time, mice are commonly studied for their own characteristics that continue to enhance our knowledge about innate mammalian behavior, predator‐prey dynamics in changing ecosystems, and reservoir hosts for emerging diseases, to name a few.  This course intends to provide a strong foundation in mouse biology, both basic and applied, as well as exposure to cultural and political aspects of the current impact of mice (real or fictitious) on contemporary societal values.  Instructors:  Steven M. Niemi and Kathleen Pritchett-Corning.
Cross Reg: Available for Cross Registration

OEB 114: Vertebrate Viviparity

Instructor: David Haig
Description: Viviparity has evolved many times in vertebrate phylogeny. The course reviews the diversity of parental care in vertebrates and explores the selective forces that have favored the evolution of live-bearing. The evidence for intergenerational conflicts is considered.
Recommended Prep: Life Sciences 1b or permission of instructor
Cross Reg: Available for Cross Registration

OEB 115: The Developmental Basis for Evolutionary Change

Instructors: Mansi Srivastava, Matthew Harris, Clifford Tabin
Description:  A lecture course in evolutionary developmental biology. This course will focus on the molecular and cellular bases of how embryos generate adult body plans in order to understand how form, physiology, and life history strategies are modulated over the course of evolution. We will discuss insights from both invertebrate and vertebrate animal model systems as well as plants. We will investigate the forces driving change at both micro- and macro-evolutionary time scales. Particular emphasis will be placed on how changes in development underlie major evolutionary transitions and the origin of innovation in organismal
evolution. The course will also emphasize learning of experimental design, molecular tools, and phylogenetic methods currently used by researchers in the field of evolutionary developmental biology.
Enrollment:  No Limit
Recommended Prep: Life Sciences 1a (or LPS A) and 1b, or permission of instructor. OEB 10, MCB 52, and MCB 54 are recommended but not required. Open to students from any concentration.

OEB 125: Molecular Ecology and Evolution

Instructors: Scott Edwards
Description:  A survey of theory and applications of DNA technologies to the study of evolutionary, ecological and behavioral processes in natural populations. Topics to be covered will span a variety of hierarchical levels, timescales, and taxonomic groups, and will include the evolution of genes, genomes and proteins; the neutral theory of molecular evolution and molecular clocks; population genomics and phylogenetic principles of speciation and phylogeography; metagenomics of microbial communities; relatedness and behavioral ecology; molecular ecology of infectious disease; and conservation genetics.
Enrollment:  No Limit
Course Notes:   Weekly computer laboratories will introduce the use of the internet and computational software in DNA sequence alignment and phylogenetic and population genetic analysis.
Recommended Prep: Life Sciences 1b, OEB 10, OEB 53 or MCB 52.

OEB 126: Vertebrate Evolution

Instructor: Stephanie Pierce
Description: This course provides a comprehensive survey of the origin and evolution of vertebrates through an examination of the fossil record. A primary focus will be on major events in Earth's evolutionary history, with an emphasis on anatomical and physiological transformations in fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. To compliment in-class lectures, students will be given hands-on experience identifying fossil material. As an added bonus, the course offers a spring recess fossil dig to the Triassic beds of Arizona.
Recommended Prep: Life Sciences 2 and/or another whole animal biology course (e.g. OEB 51, OEB 101, OEB 167).
Course Requirements: Prerequisite: Must take OEB 53
Cross Reg: Available for Cross Registration

OEB 141: Biogeography

Instructor: Gonzalo Giribet
Description:  Biogeography aims to explain distributions of organisms through historical and ecological factors. This course will focus on the history of biogeographic research, developments in the area of historical biogeography, and on ecological processes that affect distributions of whole clades. Topics include plate tectonics and earth history, vicariance and dispersal, areas of endemism, phylogenetic niche conservatism, latitudinal gradients in species richness, and the theory of island biogeography. Software for biogeographical analysis will be discussed and evaluated.
Enrollment:  No Limit
Recommended Prep: Two following courses: Life Sciences 1b, OEB 10, OEB 51, OEB 52, OEB 53, OEB 54, OEB 55, OEB 181, or permission of the instructor. There will also be a lab component in addition to the lecture component of the course.

OEB 145: Genes and Behavior

Instructor: Yun Zhang
Description:  Behavior is inheritable and regulated by genes. This lecture course explores the causal links between the genes encoded in the genome and various behaviors, aiming to provide mechanistic understandings on how gene products control and influence behavioral outputs. The topics of the lectures cover both important findings as well as major research approaches in the field. The behavioral traits in discussion include olfaction, mechanosensation, foraging, circadian rhythm, aggression, courtship, sleep, social recognition, learning and memory, etc. The organisms that we will discuss include invertebrates, vertebrates and humans. Life Science 1a.
Enrollment:  15
Course Notes:   The class will include a new 4-week lab component for research experience on genetic basis of behavior in Fall 2016.

OEB 155R: Biology of Insects

Instructors: Naomi Pierce, Michael Canfield
Description:  An introduction to the major groups of insects. The life history, morphology, physiology, and ecology of the main taxa are examined through a combination of lecture, lab, and field exercises. Topics include the phylogeny of terrestrial arthropods with a review of the extant orders, an analysis of abiotic and biotic factors regulating populations, including water balance, temperature, migration, parasitism, mutualism, sociality, insect/plant interactions, medical entomology, and the use of insects in biological control.
Enrollment:  No Limit
Course Notes:   Permission of instructor.

Undergraduate Courses

LIFESCI 2: Evolutionary Human Physiology and Anatomy

 

Instructor: Andrew Biewener, Daniel Lieberman, George Lauder, Kate Carter
Description:  Why is the human body the way that it is? This course explores human anatomy and physiology from an integrated framework, combining functional, comparative, and evolutionary perspectives on how organisms work. Major topics, which follow a life-course framework, include embryogenesis, metabolism and energetics, growth and development, movement and locomotion, food and digestion, stress and disease, and reproduction. Also considered is the relevance of human biology to contemporary issues in human health and biology.
Enrollment:  No Limit
Course Notes:  This course replaces OEB 102. This course, when taken for a letter grade, meets the General Education requirement in Science of Living Systems. This course may not be taken Pass/Fail.
Class Notes:   M., W., F., at 1, and three hours of laboratory/discussion weekly.

 

OEB 10: Foundations of Biological Diversity

Instructors: Brian Farrell, Andrew Richardson, Elena Kramer
Description:  An integrated approach to the diversity of life, emphasizing how chemical, physical, genetic, ecological and geologic processes contribute to the origin and maintenance of biological diversity. Topics to be covered include the evolution of metabolic pathways, multicellularity and structural complexity; causes and consequences of differences in diversity over space and time; the role of species interactions (including symbioses) as an evolutionary force; and the evolution of humans and their impact on the environment.
Enrollment:  No Limit
Course Notes:   Knowledge of introductory molecular, cellular biology, and genetics is recommended. This course, when taken for a letter grade, meets the General Education requirement for Science of Living Systems. 2.5 hour mandatory sections and field trips.

OEB 50: Genetics and Genomics

Instructors: Daniel Hartl, Robin Hopkins
Description:  Fundamental concepts in genetics and genomics forming a critical foundation for biology approached from two perspectives: (1) as a body of knowledge pertaining to genetic transmission, function, mutation, and evolution in eukaryotes and prokaryotes; and (2) as an experimental approach providing a toolkit for the study of biological processes such as development and behavior. Topics include structure, function, transmission, linkage, mutation, and manipulation of genes; genetic approaches in experimental studies of biological processes; and analysis of genomes in individuals and populations. Related ethical issues also discussed include genetically modified organisms, gene therapy, genetic testing, personalized medicine, and genetic privacy.
Enrollment:  No Limit

OEB 51: Biology and Evolution of Invertebrate Animals

Instructors: Cassandra Extavour, Gonzalo Giribet
Description: Introduction to invertebrate diversity, will cover the development, adult anatomy, biology and evolutionary relationships of the main animal phyla including sponges, mollusks, annelids and arthropods among others. Special emphasis is placed on understanding the broad diversity of animal forms and their adaptations to different ecosystems and how these phenomena shape animal evolution. Lectures will be complemented with a mandatory weekly lab and a field trip to different areas of outstanding marine diversity in the Caribbean.
Enrollment: 14
Notes: Field trip to the Caribbean for research during spring break

OEB 52: Biology of Plants

Instructors: Elena Kramer, Noel Holbrook
Description:  Introduction to the structure, diversity, and physiology of plants with an emphasis on evolutionary relationships and adaptations to life on land. Topics include growth, resource acquisition, interactions with other organisms (i.e., fungi, bacteria, insects), reproduction, and survival in extreme environments. Laboratory sessions provide an overview of plant and diversity and an introduction to basic physiological processes.
Course Notes:  This course, when taken for a letter grade, meets the General Education requirement for Science of Living Systems.
Class Notes:  Tu., Th., 10-11:30, one afternoon laboratory per week, plus occasional field trips

OEB 53: Evolutionary Biology

Instructor: Andrew Berry
Description: The course covers micro- and macro-evolution, ranging in its focus from population genetics through molecular evolution to the grand patterns of the fossil record. Topics emphasized include both natural and sexual selection, the ecological context of adaptation, genomic and developmental mechanisms of evolutionary innovation, speciation, phylogenetics, and evolutionary approaches to human problems.
Recommended Prep: Life Sciences IB or permission of instructor

OEB 54: Biology of the Fungi

Instructors: Donald Pfister
Description:  This course explores the fascinating diversity of the kingdom fungi, including evolution, ecology and morphology. All of the major groups of fungi, from smuts to molds, will be included. Students use a variety of techniques to learn about these organisms and their activities.
Enrollment:  No Limit
Course Notes:   There is a weekly laboratory, and several afternoon field trips are required (dates to be announced).
Class Notes:   Life Sciences 1a and 1b or permission of instructor. Lab section will be held on Tuesdays from 2:30pm-4:00pm during Fall 2016.

OEB 55: Ecology: Populations, Communities, and Ecosystems

Instructor: Collin Johnson
Description: This course examines the relationships of organisms to their environment at the individual, population, and community level. The course covers topics in both pure and applied ecology including: adaptations to the physical environment, population dynamics, competition, predator-prey interactions, community ecology, ecosystem structure, stability, and function, the ecology of infectious diseases, and natural resource management.
Recommended Prep: Mathematics 1a or 1b

OEB 56: Geobiology and the History of Life

Instructors: David Johnston, Andrew Knoll
Description: Within our solar system, Earth is distinguished as the planet with life. Life was born of planetary processes, has been sustained for some four billion years by planetary processes, and through time has emerged as a set of planetary processes that is important in its own right. In this course we will investigate the ways that Earth and life interact, focusing in particular on the biogeochemical cycles of major elements. This will provide a framework for interpreting the history of life reconstructed from fossils and phylogeny.
Course Notes: OEB 56 is also offered as EPS 56. Students may not take both OEB 56 and EPS 56 for credit.
Class Notes: M., W., F., at 10, and a weekly three-hour lab to be arranged, and one field trip.
Recommended Prep: EPS 21, 22, or Life Sciences 1b; or permission of instructor.

OEB 57: Animal Behavior

Instructors: Bence Ölveczky, Naomi Pierce
Description: A review of the behavior of animals under natural conditions, with emphasis on both mechanistic and evolutionary approaches. Topics include classical ethology; behavioral endocrinology; behavioral genetics; learning and memory; communication; orientation, migration and biological rhythms; optimal foraging; evolutionary stable strategies; sexual selection; parental investment and mating systems; selfishness, altruism, and reciprocity; and sociality in vertebrates and invertebrates.

OEB 59: Plants and Human Affairs

Instructors: Charles Davis
Description:  An introduction to the uses of plants by humans. Topics include the form, structure and genetics of plants related to their use as sources of food, shelter, fiber, flavors, beverages, drugs, and medicines. Plant structure and reproduction are studied in lecture and laboratory with a particular focus on relationships between the plant's structural, chemical, or physiological attributes and the utility plant.
Enrollment:  No Limit
Recommended Prep:   OEB 10 or permission of the instructor.

OEB 91R: Supervised Reading

 

Instructor: Gonzalo Giribet
Description: Supervised reading on topics not covered by regular courses. For OEB concentrators, work may be supervised by faculty in other departments, provided it is co-sponsored by an OEB faculty member. For non-concentrators, work must be directed by an OEB faculty member. Students must submit a registration request to the OEB Undergraduate Office before enrollment. Students cannot take OEB 91r and 99r simultaneously with the same director.

Offered Fall and Spring Terms

 

OEB 99R: Supervised Research

 

Instructor: Gonzalo Giribet
Description: Course taken in one or more semesters to obtain credit for independent research, including research toward a senior thesis. Work should be directed by an OEB faculty member or have an OEB faculty sponsor. All students must submit registration materials for OEB 99r at the time of enrollment.
Course Notes: Laboratory safety session required

Offered Fall and Spring Terms

 

OEB Courses by Term and Day

Term

 

Course #

Course Name

Instructor(s)

Meeting Times

Fall and Spring 

 

OEB 91RSupervised ReadingGonzalo GiribetArrange with Instructor
OEB 99RSupervised ResearchGonzalo GiribetArrange with Instructor
OEB 300sAll 300 Level Courses Arrange with Instructor

Fall
2016

LIFESCI 2Evolutionary Human Physiology and Anatomy

Andrew Biewener,
Daniel Lieberman, George Lauder,
Kate Carter

M, W, F
1:00pm - 1:59pm
OEB 10Foundations of Biological Diversity

Brian Farrell, Andrew Richardson,
Elena Kramer

M, W, F
12:00pm - 12:59pm
OEB 50Genetics and GenomicsDan Hartl, Robin HopkinsTu, Th
11:30am - 12:59pm
OEB 54Biology of the FungiDonald Pfister

Tu, Th
1:00pm - 2:29pm

OEB 59Plants and Human AffairsCharles Davis

M, W
10:00am - 10:59am

OEB 115

The Developmental Basis for Evolutionary Change

Mansi Srivastava, Matthew Harris,
Clifford Tabin

M, W, F
10:00am - 11:29am
OEB 125Molecular Ecology and EvolutionScott EdwardsTu, Th
11:30am - 12:59pm
OEB 141BiogeographyGonzalo GiribetTu, Th
10:00am - 11:29am
OEB 145Genes and BehaviorYun ZhangM, W
3:00pm - 4:29pm
OEB 155RBiology of InsectsNaomi Pierce, Michael CanfieldW, F
1:30pm - 2:59pm
OEB 210Writing Scientific PapersAndrew RichardsonM, W
2:30pm - 3:29pm
OEB 212RAdvanced Topics in Plant PhysiologyNoel HolbrookTu
2:00pm - 3:59pm
OEB 216Modern Conservation BiologyElizabeth WolkovichW
2:00pm - 3:29pm
OEB 258Contingency Versus Determinism: Is Evolution Predictable?Jonathan LososTu
2:30pm - 4:59pm

Spring 2017

 

OEB 51Biology and Evolution of Invertebrate AnimalsCassandra Extavour, Gonzalo GiribetTu, Th
10:00am - 11:29am
OEB 52Biology of PlantsElena Kramer, Noel HolbrookTu, Th
10:00am - 11:29am
OEB 53Evolutionary BiologyAndrew BerryM, W
1:00pm - 2:29pm
OEB 55Ecology: Populations, Communities, and EcosystemsCollin JohnsonM, W, F
10:00am - 10:59am
OEB 56Geobiology and the History of LifeDavid Johnston, Andrew KnollM, W, F
10:00am - 10:59am
OEB 57Animal Behavior

Bence Ölveczky, Naomi Pierce

Tu, Th
10:00am - 10:59am
OEB 104 The Mouse in Science and SocietySteven NiemiTu, Th
12:30pm - 1:59pm
OEB 114 Vertebrate ViviparityDavid HaigM, W, F
9:00am - 9:59am
OEB 126 Vertebrate EvolutionStephanie PierceTu, Th
11:30am - 12:59pm
OEB 200The Evolution of Stem Cells and RegenerationMansi SrivastavaW
1:00pm - 2:59pm
OEB 209Oxygen and LifeAndrew KnollM
1:00pm - 3:59pm
OEB 223Topics in NeurogeneticsYun ZhangW
2:00pm - 3:29pm
OEB 242Population GeneticsDaniel Hartl, Michael DesaiW
2:00pm - 4:59pm
OEB 278AdaptationRobin Hopkins, Jim MalletT
1:00pm - 3:59pm
OEB 290Microbial Sciences: :Chemistry, Ecology and EvolutionMichael GilmoreF
8:30am - 11:59am
OEB 299RForest Practice and ResearchDavid FosterTBA