Biological Conservation (BIOL3563)
Objectives: To develop a better appreciation for the complexities of biological conservation through exploration of: (1) interactions among biodiversity, ecosystem function, and human society; (2) challenges of conserving biological diversity and wilderness; and (3) current controversies in biological conservation.
Capstone – Senior Seminar in Biology (BIOL4983)
“Perils of a Destabilized Nature”
Objectives: New conservation challenges are emerging under increasingly volatile environmental, politicultural, and socioeconomic conditions. This course follows threads of evidence that tie ecological damage and destabilization to resultant turmoil with hazards to social well-being around the world. Individual and group activities aim to develop a deeper understanding of what unseen risks – to health, economy, and security – we may face as a hyperkeystone species if we disrupt balances in Nature.
Special Topics in Biology (BIOL5970)
“Field Skills for Aeroecology”
Objectives: Graduate students and exceptional undergraduates will learn a variety of netting and trapping techniques to capture and mark flying organisms such as insects, bats, and (primarily) birds. Where proper permits exist students will also learn specialized techniques, such as auxiliary marking or museum collecting. Enrollees will be expected to provide a written reviews of two of the techniques employed during 7 weekend banding trips to local areas. Optional field trip to an adjoining state will expose students to different banding operations and bird communities.
“The purpose of the GRG is to allow a faculty member to design and implement more impactful research and creative projects than they might otherwise be able to do within a semester course … These research projects should directly contribute to accomplishing the course’s learning objectives and outcomes, as well as developing transferable research skills for the students.”
“ERES is designed to provide undergraduate students with meaningful experience in scholarly research and creative activity focused on important environmental issues of the day.”
Four–Year Research Engagement (FYRE), First Year Research Experience (FYRE-I)
“The Spring semester program is conducted in coordination with Honors College to award Honors course credit for selected freshmen to conduct a mentored, semester-long experimental project in an OU research laboratory.”