Courses of Study 2022-2023 
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Courses of Study 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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BIOSM 3330 - Marine Parasitology and Disease

(BIO-AS, PBS-AS) (CU-SBY)     
Summer. 3 credits. Student option grading.

Prerequisite: at least one college-level introductory course in evolutionary or ecological biology, e.g. BIOEE 1780 /BIOSM 1780 , or BIOEE 1610 /BIOSM 1610  or similar. Permission of Shoals Marine Lab required. Please contact Shoals Marine Lab to assist with enrollment. Offered at Shoals Marine Lab, Isles of Shoals, ME. Students will live at Shoals Marine Lab, Appledore Island, ME, during this course.

A. Blakeslee.

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: Determine 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.

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