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BIO 3N: Views of a Changing Sea: Literature & Science

The state of a changing world ocean, particularly in the eastern Pacific, will be examined through historical and contemporary fiction, non-fiction and scientific publications. Issues will include harvest and mariculture fisheries, land-sea interactions and oceanic climate change in both surface and deep waters.
Terms: Win | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: GER: DB-NatSci, WAY-A-II
Instructors: Gilly, W. (PI)

BIO 5N: Ants

Collective behavior, widespread in nature, operates without central control, using interactions among the participants. Ant colonies provide great opportunities to learn about collective behavior. Colonies consist of one or more reproductive females, which although they are called 'queens' do not direct the behavior of the rest of the colony, comprised of sterile female workers. Ants as a group are enormously diverse, with more than 14,000 species in every habitat on earth, and they show very diverse forms of collective behavior reflecting different ecological conditions. The course will include discussion of research about ant colony behavior, ecology, and evolution; a research project on campus involving observation and hypothesis testing; and, for the technologically-inclined, some simple simulations based on agent-based modeling.
Terms: Win | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: WAY-SMA
Instructors: Gordon, D. (PI)

BIO 6N: Ocean Conservation: Pathways to Solutions

We will learn how to design pathways to solutions by integrating social sciences and governance into our case studies. We will address both conventional (fisheries management, reducing the impacts of global shipping, marine protected areas) and emerging research and management approaches (marine spatial planning, dynamic ocean management, environmental DNA). Oceans are facing long-term challenges, like overfishing and pollution that we know how to solve, and emerging challenges, like climate change and ocean plastics, for which solutions are more elusive. Ultimately to achieve long-term sustainability, solutions have to work for both people and the planet. These puzzles offer challenging complex systems problems that will require our best interdisciplinary thinking to solve.
Terms: Win | Units: 3
Instructors: Crowder, L. (PI)

BIO 8N: Human Origins

A survey of the anatomical and behavioral evidence for human evolution and of the increasingly important information from molecular genetics. Emphasis on the split between the human and chimpanzee lines 6-7 million years ago, the appearance of the australopiths by 4.1 million years ago, the emergence of the genus Homo about 2.5 million years ago, the spread of Homo from Africa 1.7-1.6 million years ago, the subsequent divergence of Homo into different species on different continents, and the expansion of fully modern humans (Homo sapiens) from Africa about 50,000 years ago to replace the Neanderthals and other non-modern Eurasians.
Terms: Win | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: GER: DB-NatSci, WAY-SMA
Instructors: Klein, R. (PI)

BIO 35: Sustainability and Civilization (HISTORY 35, POLISCI 35)

Our civilization faces multiple sustainability challenges. Climate change often dominates public conversation, but in fact, a whole range of environmental, economic, political, and cultural trends threaten the structures that sustain the societies we know. These problems cannot be understood in isolation, because they interact in complex ways. Solving them will require collaboration across many different fields, from the natural and social sciences to the humanities. This one-unit course brings together over two dozen faculty from across the entire university for a series of interdisciplinary conversations around cross-cutting themes. Our aim is to encourage dialogue¿and perhaps even future collaborations¿among students and professors who might otherwise rarely interact in a classroom. All students are welcome, but frosh and sophomores may find the course especially useful as an introduction to a wide range of sustainability-related disciplines and teachers at Stanford.
Terms: Win | Units: 1

BIO 45: Introduction to Laboratory Research in Cell and Molecular Biology

Use modern molecular approaches to characterize a particular tumor-associated mutation in the human p53 tumor suppressor gene via expression and analysis in a yeast model system. Learn about the role of p53 as Guardian of the Genome and consider novel p53-directed tumor therapies through lectures and by reading and discussing journal articles. Use molecular visualization programs to examine the structure of the normal p53 protein and localize the alteration induced by the mutation you are investigating. Assay the ability of mutant p53 to activate expression of multiple reporter genes. Through facilitated discussions with teams of other students studying the same p53 mutant, consider a series of molecular explanations for your p53 mutant's functional defects. Conduct lab experiments to test these hypotheses, analyze data, collaboratively interpret these data, and present your findings through a team oral presentation, as well as a scientific poster. Although there are no pre-requisites to enroll in this class, it will be helpful if you have already taken or are concurrently enrolled in introductory courses in cell and molecular biology ( BIO 82 and 83 or HUMBIO 2A and 3A) and general chemistry ( CHEM 31A and 31B or CHEM 31M).
Terms: Aut, Win | Units: 4

BIO 46: Introduction to Research in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

The goal of this course is to develop an understanding of how to conduct biological research, using topics in Ecology as practical examples. This includes the complete scientific process: assessing background literature, generating testable hypotheses, learning techniques for data collection, analyzing data using appropriate statistical methods, and writing and sharing results. To build these skills, this course focuses on the microorganisms associated with lichen epiphytes and their interactions with air pollution and other environmental variables. Students, working in teams, develop novel research hypotheses and execute the necessary experiments and measurements to test these hypotheses. In addition, students will learn how to manipulate, visualize, and analyze data in the statistical programming language R. The capstone of the course is a research paper in the style of a peer-reviewed journal article, as well as an educational video designed for a general audience that communicates research findings. The Tuesday lecture session will generally meet for only about 60-70 minutes. IMPORTANT NOTE: Students who require BIO 46 to satisfy the WIM requirement for the Biology major MUST take this course for a letter grade.
Terms: Win | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: WAY-SMA

BIO 53: Conservation Photography

Introduction to the field of conservation photography and the strategic use of visual communication in addressing issues concerning the environment and conservation. Students will be introduced to basic digital photography, digital image processing, and the theory and application of photographic techniques. Case studies of conservation issues will be examined through photographs and multimedia platforms including images, video, and audio. Lectures, tutorials, demonstrations, and optional field trips will culminate in the production of individual and group projects. This course is identical to Bio 7N, so students enrolled in the former should not take this course. Open to undergraduates and graduate students. Students must have access to a DSLR camera and lenses - we can accept up to 20 students who can share 10 course-provided cameras and lenses, by application. Application for camera use: https://forms.gle/1yAD3my8GoDseXw59.
Terms: Win | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE

BIO 71: Planet Ocean (ESS 71)

Oceans make up the majority of our planet's area and living spaces and are fundamental to biodiversity, climate, food and commerce.This course covers integration of the oceanography and marine biology of diverse ocean habitats such as the deep sea, coral reefs, open ocean, temperate coasts, estuaries and polar seas. Lectures include state of the art knowledge as well as emerging technologies for future exploration. The second section focuses on how the oceans link to the global environment, and how ocean capacity helps determine human sustainability.
Terms: Win | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: WAY-SMA

BIO 74: Sustainability in Marine Organisms: Learning from the Evolutionary Survivors (BIOHOPK 74H, OCEANS 74)

While climate change has impacted life at land and sea, it's impossible to know exactly how fast species will adapt to warmer and more acidic sea water, and which species will survive into the future. In this course we will explore ancient marine organisms that have adapted and survived to diverse environmental changes across millions years of evolution, in order to better understand the molecular cellular and communal elements that allowed for their success. The course will include observation and experimentation with diverse marine organisms, lectures, readings, writings, and discussions.
Terms: Win | Units: 4
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