2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
    
    Aug 09, 2022  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

BIOL 324 - Ecology of Disease Vectors


This course provides a field-intensive, project-oriented exposure to the biology of arthropods that transmit disease, with particular emphasis on ecology of mosquitoes. Methods include quantitative sampling techniques, species identification based on morphology and DNA, detection of medically important viruses, and experimental approaches to understanding interactions among species. The primary aim for the group will be to track the course of mosquito invasions. We will process samples obtained from school groups throughout the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic States to track the progress of a mosquito introduced from Asia. We will examine in detail two invasions that are presently under way in Bermuda and conduct experiments on egg-laying behavior during a week-long field trip to Bermuda. Field trips will also include trips to wetlands and forests in New England. Students must pay a fee (approximately $2100) for the cost of lodging, meals and airfare to Bermuda.

Prerequisites: BIOL 101 , and either BIOL 102  or BIOL 103 .

Anticipated Terms Offered: Offered every year.