EEB 328: Ecology and Epidemiology of Parasites and Infectious Diseases
An introduction to the biology of viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, worms, arthropods, and plants that are parasitic upon other animal and plant species. The major emphasis will be on the parasites of animals and plants, with further study of the epidemiology of infectious diseases in human populations. Studies of AIDS, anthrax, and worms, and their role in human history will be complemented by ecological and evolutionary studies of mistletoe, measles, myxomatosis, and communities of parasitic helminths.

Spring 2012-2013

EEB 321: Introduction to Population and Community Ecology

Through the course of lectures, precepts, and self-guided field work, we shall examine interactions of organisms, ecosystems, and biomes with their physical environment, e.g., temperature and dynamics of water and air. We shall explore the dynamics and regulation of single-species populations, followed by interactions between pairs of species, e.g., competition, mutualism, predation, parasitism, and herbivory. Finally, we shall consider the structure and dynamics of whole communities of plants and animals, including interactions with humans, e.g., dependence, exploitation, management, and conservation.

Fall 2011-2012