Microbial Ecologies

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Microbial Ecologies

Fall 2021

Taught By: Davida Smyth

Section: A

CRN: 7662

Credits: 4

In this course we will investigate the role that human activity can play in the ecological and evolutionary processes that generate, maintain, and perturb microbial diversity in urban and rural, biotic and abiotic environments. Students will be introduced to contemporary microbial ecology practices including computer-based simulations, statistics and modeling, along with modern microbiological molecular and sequencing approaches. Ecosystem structure and processes in a variety of habitats, including soils, oceans, and the human gut as well as ethical considerations of sustainability, bioremediation and environmental justice will be reviewed to provide the foundational knowledge for an authentic four-week research project investigating the production of novel antimicrobial substances by soil microbes as part of the Tiny Earth project. Concepts will be reinforced with in-class assignments, case studies, and discussions and learning evaluated by quizzes, laboratory write-ups, ePortfolio projects, discussions of the primary literature, and in-class exams. This course satisfies the Foundation requirement for the Interdisciplinary Science major or minor. This course also satisfies the laboratory requirement for the Environmental Studies major, and the "subject by subject" course requirement for Journalism + Design Major. The course can also serve as a prerequisite for LSCI 3055 Microbiome of Urban Spaces research course. After the first week of the semester, permission of the instructor will be required in order to register for this course.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Natural Sciences & Mathematics (LSTS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:03pm 10/16/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave

Room: 618

Date Range: 8/30/2021 - 12/13/2021