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Teaching

  • Aquatic Entomology (Ent 422) is offered in the fall of odd years. The next course will be available during the Fall 2015 semester.

  • Forensic Applications of the Necorbiome (Ent 812) will be offered in Spring 2016.

This seminar course, formerly known as "Bugs and Bodies", is intended for graduate students in entomology, forensic sciences, fisheries and wildlife, microbiology, integrative biology, and criminal justice interested in the use of biological indicators, such as insects and microbes, in forensic applications. The course will focus on the interactions within the community of necrophagous organisms, defined as the necrobiome, during decomposition of animal carrion and human corpses. Students will learn the fundamentals of the necrobiome and how ecological principles can be used in forensic applications, such as death scene investigations and source tracking.

For more information, please download the Forensic Appliations of the Necrobiome course flyer.

  • Insects, Disease and Natural Resources (Ent 821) was taught in the Fall 2014 semester

This seminar course is intended for graduate students in entomology, fisheries and wildlife, zoology, and natural resources management as well as for medical students or others with an interest in vector-borne disease. The course will explore the ways environmental change associated with human natural resources management influence host, reservoirs and pathogens in the transmission of infectious agents, with a focus on arthropod and other invertebrate vectored human diseases. Specific topics related to infectious diseases include: environmental dissemination and controls on host and vector dispersal; population biology, community ecology, and ecosystem structure effects on these systems; and current molecular tools and geospatial instrumentation that are being used in molecular epidemiological studies of infectious disease management. This course will incorporate historical knowledge of disease systems with current research of humans and wildlife to provide an in-depth, yet multidisciplinary, background on how and why diseases emerge from the environment, and what factors are important for such emergences. Students will be introduced to both well-studied and neglected diseases. 

For more information, please download the Insects, Disease and Natural Resources course flyer.