Undergraduate Special Topics Spring 2019

Behavioral drivers of disease

ZOO4926, class# 21099

Instructor: Dr. Nick Keiser Credits: 03

Class meetings:   Tuesday & Thursday, period 3 & Tuesday, period 4
Text Recommended: There are no required textbooks. Readings will be made available on Canvas.

Brief Description:

This course aims to introduce students to the ways in which host behavior can influence infection risk and transmission potential of parasites. We will investigate how host behavior influences disease, how parasites can manipulate host behavior, and how host-parasite interactions are studied across levels of biological organization (individuals, social groups, populations, communities). We will cover diseases of wildlife, domesticated animals, and humans, and will use an integrative perspective on how human diseases are connected to wildlife and the environment. Syllabus attached


ZOO4926, class# 21278

Instructor: Dr. Derek Cummings Credits: 03

Class meetings:   Tuesday & Thursday, period 7

Text Recommended: Readings to be made available

Brief Description:

This course will investigate biological and quantitative aspects of emerging pathogens. We will
investigate transmission dynamics of infectious diseases during multiple phases of outbreaks. We
will review biological, immunological, epidemiological, policy and logistical aspects of outbreaks of
emerging pathogens in humans as well as other species. Students will gain familiarity with basic
metrics used to quantify transmission dynamics, biological characteristics that contribute to the
emergence of pathogens and policy actions taken in response to emerging pathogens.  Syllabus attached


ZOO4926, class# 21278

Instructor: Dr. David C. Blackburn & Dr. Harvey B. Lillywhite Credits: 04

Class meetings:   Lectures: Monday, Wed.  & Fri, period 2 (8:30-10:25 am)
Labs: Tues. periods 6-7 (12:50-2:45 pm) & Wed. periods 6-7(12:50-2:45 pm)

Text Recommended: Pough, F.H., R.M. Andrews, M.L. Crump, A.H. Savitzky, K.D. Wells, and M.C. Brandley. 2015. Herpetology. 4th Edition. Sinauer Associates.

Brief Description:

Herpetology:  This course features lectures and laboratory sections that provide a broad introduction to the diversity, evolution, and biology of amphibians and reptiles. Topics include evolutionary history, systematics, diversity, ecology, behavior, physiology, anatomy, and natural history.  Laboratory sections provide hands-on experience with amphibians and reptiles and make use of the scientific collections of the Florida Museum of Natural History. In addition to the lectures and laboratory activities, the course involves several local field trips to see living species.  Syllabus attached.

Studiolab: Linking Art & Science

ZOO4926, class# 21100 or ART 3807C

Instructor: Dr. James Gillooly & dr. Sean Miller 

Class meetings:   Lectures: Mon. and Wed., periods 8-10 in FAC B1

Brief Description:

This is an interdisciplinary course that combines art and science. The course will explore how we can introduce concepts, processes, and knowledge from the sciences and apply them to the creation of art; and how we can introduce concepts, processes and knowledge from the arts and apply them to scientific research. The course will include talks by visiting scholars that specialize in merging science and art, as well as readings and discussions on interdisciplinary topics in art and science. The main emphasis of the course will involve science and art students coming together as teams to create works that combine the two disciplines. The projects will culminate in a final exhibition of projects created during the course.

We hope you can join us, but enrollment is limited! If you have any questions, or would like further information, please contact Associate Professor Sean Miller: swarp@ufl.edu and/or Associate Professor Jamie Gillooly: gillooly@ufl.edu.