Graduate Seminar Courses

Spring 2019
 
EEOB 8896.15
TBA
Instructor: Laura Kubatko, lkubatko@stat.osu.edu and Paul Fuerst, fuerst.1@osu.edu
 

Autumn 2018
 

EEOB 8896.04-190
Graduate Writing Seminar I

Instructor: Ian Hamilton, hamilton.598@osu.edu
First 7 week session (Aug. 28 – Oct. 8); 1.5 credits
Meeting Time: Mondays 1:00-3:00, 104 Aronoff Laboratory
Class # 14587

This graduate-level course is the first of a two-part set that will focus on improving the scientific writing ability of students. This course will focus specifically on writing scientific manuscripts. During the course, students will learn how to approach the writing process, practice writing, and learn to effectively critique their own writing and that of others. For more information, download theFile syllabus.
 
EEOB 8896.04-290
Graduate Writing Seminar II

Instructor: Ian Hamilton, hamilton.598@osu.edu
Second 7 week session (Oct. 15 – Dec. 3); 1.5 credits
Meeting Time: Mondays 1:00-3:00, 104 Aronoff Laboratory
Class # 18469
 
This graduate-level course is the second of a two-part set that will focus on improving the scientific writing ability of students. This course will focus specifically on writing scientific proposals. During the course, students will learn how to approach the proposal writing process, practice writing, and learn to effectively critique their own writing and that of others. For more information, download theFile syllabus.
 

EEOB 8896.10
Comparative phylogeography
Instructor: Bryan Carstens, carstens.12@osu.edu 
14 weeks
Meeting times TBA
Class # 16091

This seminar will survey classic and current approaches to comparative phylogeography, including gene tree concordance, suture zones & breaks, hypothesis testing, hierarchical approximate Bayesian computation, community trees, automated phylogeography, and likelihood based approaches. The course will be a mix of paper discussion and hands-on experience with software packages, and a term project will be required.
 

Spring 2018

EEOB 8896.10
The practice of taxonomy and nomenclature

Instructor: Marymegan Daly, daly.66@osu.edu
14 weeks; 1 credit 
Meeting times TBA; One 2-hour meeting/week
Class # 36996

Course Learning Objectives
Recognize and understand the conceptual and methodological issues that inform the delimitation of taxa.
Recognize and apply rules of nomenclature that pertain to the description and synonymy of taxa.
Use written and oral communication to critique and interpret taxonomic and nomenclatural acts.
Understand the intersection of nomenclature, systematics, and conservation 
 
 
EEOB 8896.11 Graduate Seminar
Effects of climate change on populations and communities
Instructor: Allison Snow, snow.1@osu.edu
Second 7-week session (March 2 – April 20), 1 credit
Meeting Time: Friday 11:00AM-1:00PM, Aronoff Lab 104
Course #36037
 
In this graduate-level seminar, we will examine the extent to which ongoing climate change has affected the distribution, phenology, life history stages, and ecological interactions of various species.  Each week, we will discuss peer-reviewed publications to examine methods, evidence, and conclusions about these ecological signatures of climate change.  Our primary goals are to become familiar with some of the strongest evidence for how wild species already have been affected by directional changes in climatic conditions, and to evaluate related research on possible future effects.  For example, which phenological and life history shifts in plant or animal populations have been linked to global warming?  How has climate change affected interactions among species, such as mutualisms, competition, and food webs?  What is the evidence for climate change leading to population declines, niche shifts, or range shifts, and why are some species affected more than others?  Readings will be selected from top journals such as PNAS, Science, Nature, Ecology Letters, and others, and topics will be chosen to reflect participants’ study systems when possible. 
 
EEOB 8896.14 Graduate Seminar
Climate change impacts on the structure and function of lake phytoplankton and zooplankton communities.
Instructor: Dr. Jim Hood, hood.211@osu.edu
14 weeks; 1 credit
Meeting time and place: TBD based on participants’ schedules. If you plan to enroll in this seminar, contact Jim Hood (hood.211@osu.edu) soon so we can schedule a meeting time.
Course #36322 
 
In this graduate seminar, we will examine how climate change influences the structure and function freshwater phytoplankton and zooplankton communities. Our primary goal will be to understand how climate change influences the physiochemical environment in lakes (i.e., ice cover, water temperatures, physical mixing, nutrient and solute loading, etc.) and how those changes influence plankton community composition, interactions, and phenology. Throughout this graduate seminar, we will address multiple emerging questions related to climate change impacts on freshwater plankton. For instance, we will ask:  How the timing of warming (e.g., winter vs. summer) influences plankton succession and community structure? Whether climate change enhances the severity of harmful algal blooms? And how climate change influences the stability of plankton communities? To address these questions, we will discuss recent peer-reviewed publications concerning the impacts of climate change on plankton communities paired, when appropriate, with related foundational publications. The specific questions and publications will be tailored to match participates’ interests. 
Plankton & Climate Change Seminar
 
EEOB 8896.15
Seminar in Population Genetics
Instructors: Laura Kubatko, lkubatko@stat.osu.edu; Paul Fuerst, fuerst.1@osu.edu
1 credit hour
Class # 34221
Meeting: TBD
 
In this seminar, we will study the statistical methodology used to model population genetics and phylogenetic processes in a coalescent framework. For Spring Semester 2018, we will focus on modeling gene flow and other processes that generate reticulate evolution, such as recombination.

 

Autumn 2017
 
EEOB 8896.04
Writing Science: Two-part Graduate Seminar Series
Instructor: Stuart Ludsin, ludsin.1@osu.edu
First 7 week session (Aug. 22 – Oct. 9, 2017); 1 credit
one 2-hour meeting**
class #22749
Second 7 week session (Oct. 16 – Dec. 6, 2017); 1 credit
one 2-hour meeting**
class #36106
 
The central goal of this seminar series is to help students improve their ability to write science-based manuscripts and research proposals. The seminars will be independent of one another in the sense that students can take one or both seminars and benefit, with minimal overlap of course material. The general structure of both seminars is outlined below. I will use a University Center for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) course-design workshop that I am taking in June 2017 to help finalize the syllabus and approach for both seminars so as to maximize student learning.
 
Mechanics of Manuscript Writing: 1st 7 weeks of Autumn Semester
The first 7-week course will focus on the nuts and bolts of effective scientific writing (e.g., style, structure/organization, paragraph/sentence development, syntax/word choice), with the aim of teaching how to develop coherent, interesting papers that will get cited. While the focus will be on manuscript writing, the lessons learned will also be applicable to proposal writing. We will use one or both of the following textbooks in the course: Joshua Schimel’s Writing Science: How to Write Papers That Get Cited and Proposals That Get Funded (ISBN: 9780199760244) and/or Stephen Heard’s The Scientist’s Guide to Writing: How to Write More Easily and Effectively throughout Your Scientific Career (ISBN: 9781400881147). These two texts, combined with a handful of scientific papers to use as examples, will serve as the foundation for the weekly, student-led discussions. No “major” writing (e.g., manuscript, proposal) would be required for this course. Students would instead be required to help lead a discussion period, complete weekly readings and homework assignments (e.g., editing and critiquing papers; short writing assignments), and attend/participate in class discussions.
 
Mechanics of Proposal Writing: 2nd 7 weeks of Autumn Semester
Image result for nsf guide to writing proposalsThe second 7-week course will focus more explicitly on developing an effective research proposal. This course will help provide a cookbook approach to writing all components of a research proposal, using Stephen Russell’s and David Morrison’s The Grant Application Writer’s Workbook as a guide. Additional readings (e.g., proposals, blogs, and peer-reviewed literature) will be used as needed. The course will be geared toward developing effective NSF-style proposals; however, the lessons learned will benefit efforts to write any kind of proposal (both long and short), as well as manuscripts. Students will be required to identify a writing goal for the semester, and be expected to write each week toward that goal. Ideally, the writing goal would be to develop (or improve upon) a research proposal (e.g., NSF DDIG, GRF, or pre-proposal; candidacy exam or thesis proposal; small grant application). I would, however, consider allowing a manuscript to be the writing goal, if the student took my previous (1st 7-week) seminar. Students will also be expected to peer-review someone else’s work each week. Each weekly class meeting will likely consist of a short discussion about that week’s readings, followed by an exchange of information about the peer reviews. A commitment to writing and peer-reviewing will be needed to pass this course.  
 
**Enrolled students will be expected to complete a doodle.com poll during early summer, to identify a meeting place, day, and time for both courses. Students in the first 7-week course also will be solicited to identify and then read a handful of peer-reviewed papers in advance of the first class meeting, which will facilitate class discussions. The location, time, and day of the seminar will be determined on a later date (May or June), in consultation with enrolled students. Doing so will allow instructor to accommodate as many students as possible, with the recognition that some students inevitably might not be able to take the course.
 
EEOB 8896.07
Communicating science via photography

Instructor: Andi Wolfe, wolfe.205@osu.edu
First 7-week session; 2 credits
Class #23488
 

Every scientist needs to communicate his/her research in as many ways as possible. Sharing images during presentations at meetings, while giving seminars, teaching courses, or via social media sites are good ways to let others know about your work and passion(s) for evolution, ecology, or organismal biology.

This seven-week workshop will focus (pun intended) on all aspects of nature photography – from the basics of how to make photos under a variety of conditions to using software for post-processing of images. We’ll meet twice a week – for a 2-hr period during the regular week, and again for a half-day or all-day field trip on Saturday or Sunday to go make photos in local parks, nature reserves, or other place with opportunities for nature photography. Students will need a copy of Lightroom CC (available at Wired Out for an academic discount), and own, rent, or borrow an appropriate camera to use during the course.

Specific goals of the course include: 1) review of photography basics, 2) learn how to use post-processing software, 3) develop a critical eye for composition, exposure, and depth-of-field settings, and 4) sharing photos and information via social media

 

May / Summer Semester 2017

EEOB 5798
Tropical Behavioral Ecology and Evolution in Panama
Instructor: Rachelle Adams, adams.1970@osu.edu
 
EEOB 7210
Methods in Evolution and Ecology: Essential tools for computational biology

Instructors: Bryan Carstens, carstens.12@osu.edu and Ariadna Morales, moralesgarcia.1@osu.edu
 

Spring 2017

EEOB 8896.01 

The Anatomy and Physiology of Host-Microbial Interactions
Instructor: Zakee Sabree, sabree.8@osu.edu

EEOB 8896.02
Graduate Seminar: Behavior
Instructor: Rachelle Adams, adams.1970@osu.edu
 
EEOB 8896.05  
Ecological Speciation
Instructor: Bryan Carstens, carstens.12@osu.edu
 
EEOB 8896.11
Population Ecology Part II: developing and applying demographic models 
Instructors: Maria Miriti (miriti.1@osu.edu) and Libby Marschall (marschall.2@osu.edu)
 
EEOB 8896.18
Sexual Selection and…  
Instructors: Susan Gershman (gershman.6@osu.edu) and Andy Roberts (roberts.762@osu.edu).
 
EEOB 8896.19
Agent Based Models in Behavior and Ecology
Instructor: Ian Hamilton, hamilton.598@osu.edu
 
 

Autumn 2016

EEOB 8896.10 
Discussion of current primary literature and major topics in phylogenetic systematics.
Instructor: Meg Daly
 

EEOB 8896.12 
When should engineered gene drives be used to manage wild species?

Instructor: Professor Allison Snow, snow.1@osu.edu

EEOB 8896.15  
Seminar in Population Genetics

Instructors:  Laura Kubatko and Paul Fuerst
 
EEOB 8896.19
Meta-Analysis in Evolution and Ecology
Instructor: Steve Hovick
 

EEOB 8896.20
Gender in Science and Engineering
Instructor: Joan M. Herbers


Spring 2016

EEOB 6210
Ecotoxicology

Instructor: Roman Lanno, Phone: 292-4943

EEOB8896.04—section 310
Publishing Papers in Plant Ecology
Instructor:  Allison Snow

EEOB 8896.05
Molecular Basis of Adaptive Variation in Natural Populations
Instructor: H. Lisle Gibbs

EEOB 8896.07-100
Communicating science via photography

Instructor: Andi Wolfe

EEOB 8896.09
Hydraulic Fracturing: Environmental and sociological considerations

Instructor: Roman Lanno, Phone: 292-4943

EEOB8896.15
Population Genetics

Instructor: Laura Kubatko
 


Autumn 2015

EEOB5420
Ecology of Inland Waters
Jim Bauer

EEOB8896.04 – 500
Writing Science Graduate Seminar
Stuart Ludsin, Michael Fraker, Conor Keitzer

EEOB8896.05
Evolutionary radiations seminar

Andi Wolfe

EEOB 8896.11
Teaching College-level Ecology: Bringing Innovation Into the Laboratory Experience

Maria Miriti and Peter Curtis

EEOB8896.12
Molecular Ecology

Bryan Carstens

EEOB8896.18
Host finding mechanisms in insects

Norm Johnson

EEOB8896.19 :: CANCELED
Current Topics in Quantative Methods

Bryan Carstens


Spring 2015

EEOB8896.02 – 500
Graduate Seminar in Complex Adaptive Systems in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior

Dr. Ian Hamilton

EEOB 8896.05
Evolutionary Innovation

Sponsored by John Freudenstein

EEOB 8896.12
Model-based Phylogeography

Dr. Bryan Carstens

EEOB 8896.15
Topics in Phylogenomic Inference

Instructor: Laura Kubatko 

EEOB 8896.20
WGSS 8896.20
Gender in Science and Engineering

Dr. Joan M. Herbers
 


Autumn 2014

EEOB 5450
Quantitative Population Ecology

Drs. Maria Miriti, Libby Marschall, and Noelle Beckman

EEOB 8896.02
Animal Personalities
Instructor: Dr. Doug Nelson

EEOB 8896.04 
Career Options for EEOB PhDs: Exploring the Landscape
Instructor: Dr. Allison Snow, EEOB

EEOB 8896.04
EEOB Departmental Seminar Series
Zakee Sabree

EEOB 8896.07-100 (34551)
Communicating science via photography
Instructor: Andi Wolfe

EEOB 8896.12
Molecular Ecology focusing on Phylogeography and Landscape genetics

Instructor: Bryan Carstens
 


Spring 2014


EEOB 5320
Creation and Evolution: Differing Worldviews  (29190)

Instructor: Dr. Andrea D. Wolfe

EEOB 6210
Ecotoxicology

Instructor: Roman Lanno

EEOB 6320
Principles of Systematics I

Instructor: Hans Klompen

EEOB 7220
Modeling in Evolutionary Ecology

Instructors: Ian Hamilton, Libby Marschall, David Glover

EEOB 8896.04
Graduate Seminar in Ecology: Ecology and evolution in weedy and invasive species: considering plant functional traits

Instructors: Steve Hovick and Kristin Mercer (HCS faculty)

EEOB 8896.05
Evolution and ecology of animal venoms: Unanswered questions

Instructors: Meg Daly, Lisle Gibbs

EEOB 8896.06
Phylogeography and evolution in marine systems

Instructor: Meg Daly

EEOB 8896.15
Current Topics in Mathematical Population Genetics

Instructors:  Laura Kubatko and Paul Fuerst


Spring 2014 :: COURSES OUTSIDE OF EEOB

ENTOMOLOGY 7910 

The Nature and Practice of Science

Instructors:
Dr. Dan Herms ,  Professor and Chair, Dept. of Entomology
Dr. Carol Anelli, Professor and Associate Chair, Dept. of Entomology                                          
Dr. Ross MacDonald, Research Scientist, Dept. of Entomology
 

VETBIOS 8855
Commercialization for Researchers

Team Leader: Professor Thomas Rosol, 614-292-5661
 


Autumn 2013

EEOB 5420
Ecology of Inland Waters
Instructor: Dr. James Bauer

EEOB 7310
Studies in Taxonomy (to become Plant Taxonomy)

Instructor: Dr. John Freudenstein
This offering of the course will focus on vascular plant taxonomy.

EEOB 8896.02 
Behavior Seminar

Instructors: Dr. Andrew Roberts & Dr. Susan Gershman
Animal Behavior Seminar

EEOB 8896.04
Publishing in High-Impact Journals
Instructor: Dr. Allison Snow

EEOB 8896.10
Graduate Seminar in Systematics:

Instructor: Bryan Carstens

EEOB 8896.11
Foundations of Quantitative Ecology Seminar

Instructor: Paul Hurtado

EEOB 8896.11
Graduate Seminar in Population Ecology:
Introduction to R for Biologists

Instructor: Simon Queenborough

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