BIOLOGY

BIO-496
Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic.

BIO-496
001
BIOLOGY
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Natural History of the Greater District of Columbia Region

This course introduces students to the fauna and flora of the Greater Washington DC, region in the context of the geological and hydrological settings, the current knowledge on the interactions between early human settlers and the natural resources of the region, and the challenges of the managing the fauna and flora in an urban environment. Coverage includes vertebrate and invertebrate animals in terrestrial and aquatic habitats, as well as herbaceous and woody vascular plants. The format consists of lecture by the instructor and invited speakers, examination of natural history collections in local institutions such as United States Botanical Garden and National Museum of Natural History, field excursions to observe, identify, and collect some of the native and invasive fauna and flora, and further identification and analysis of the field collections in the laboratory. Students make intensive use of dichotomous keys and natural history guides for identification of organisms.

BIO-496
002
BIOLOGY
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Neural Circuits and Behavior

President Obama's Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative aims to accelerate the development and application of innovative technologies used to study the brain. In this course students review classic and cutting-edge methods associated with the BRAIN Initiative. The following topics are discussed: methods for quantifying brain cell connectivity; methods for recording brain cell activity (multi-electrode arrays and optical cellular imaging); optogenetic tools for stimulating and silencing neurons; and behavioral methods and statistical procedures for quantifying relations between brain activity and behavior. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Meets with BIO-696 002 NEUR-496 001.