Colleen Cavanaugh (Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology)
Freshman Seminar 24Q 4 credits (fall term) Enrollment: Limited to 11
Symbioses–"living together" with microbes–are ubiquitous in nature, with powerful effects on the physiology, ecology, and evolution of all living organisms. The diversity of symbioses drives biological innovation, challenging us to think about life on earth at a different/new level. This seminar examines the role of symbiosis in ecology and evolution, human health and disease, agriculture, and biotechnology. Ranging from beneficial bacteria to pathogens, microbial symbioses with animals (including the human microbiome), plants, fungi, and protists will be explored through lectures, presentations, and critique of primary research papers. Symbioses will be complemented by firsthand observations via microscopy and field trips to local environs. Every student will have their own microscope!