2020 Courses

  • Summer Session 2020 courses will be added throughout the winter.

Course description

This course is only offered in the Summer Session.

This course will focus on one of the most diverse and fascinating groups of marine organisms- parasites. We will explore marine parasites and pathogens at multiple levels, including: (1) the evolutionary perspective with an emphasis on co-evolutionary relationships; (2) parasitic diseases and life cycles (from simple to complex); (3) taxonomic and phylogenetic understanding of parasite and host groups (with a focus on metazoan parasites and hosts); (4) ecological implications of parasitism in marine systems—at the population, community, and ecosystem levels; and (5) the effects of human-induced global change on parasitism in marine communities.

Outcome 1: Students will be able to: Apply working knowledge of fundamental facts, concepts, and theories about marine parasitology and disease.

Outcome 2: Determine evolutionary and ecological importance of parasites/pathogens in marine systems.

Outcome 3: Identify taxa of marine parasites using scientific keys and descriptions.

Outcome 4: Explore host and parasite diversity in the local marine environment.

Outcome 5: Prepare microscopes and other equipment used for observing and identifying parasites.

Outcome 6: Empirically test ideas using scientific evidence collected from surrounding ecosystems.

Outcome 7: Organize knowledge of marine parasitology and disease and effectively communicate concepts to peers.


At least one college-level introductory course in evolutionary or ecological biology, e.g. (BIOEE/BIOSM 1780) Intro to Evolutionary Biology and Diversity, (BIOEE/BIOSM 1610) Ecology and the Environment, or similar.


Summer 2020:

Section ID:BIOSM 3330 801-FLD
Program:Marine Science - Shoals Marine Laboratory
Class dates:June 8-22, 2020
Due date:Monday June 22, 8 AM - 9 PM / Other, Off-Campus (see Final exams)
Time / room:MTWRFSU 8 AM - 9 PM / Other, Off-Campus
Grade:Student option
Max. enroll:15
To enroll:See Marine Science - Shoals Marine Laboratory for enrollment information.

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