Microbial Ecology and Diversity (11:680:491; 16:682:572)
This course introduces the students to the taxonomic, metabolic and ecological diversity of microorganisms on Earth. The course is organized in three sections: 1. Microbial diversity, in which we explore how life on Earth started and how it has evolved; 2. Metabolic diversity, in which we consider the physiological and metabolic versatility of microorganisms; 3. Ecosystem diversity, in which we discuss how microbes live in communities and engage in interactions with each other, with plants and animals, and with their environment.
Byrne Seminar: Exploring the Deep-Sea (11:090:101:10)
This seminar focuses on deep-sea exploration from the origins to the present times, and includes presentations and videos on pioneer underwater explorers, scientific diving, submarine volcanoes and shipwreck discovery. Co-taught by Drs. Vetriani and Lutz.
General Microbiology (11:680:390)
This is an introductory microbiology class co-taught by Drs. Rauschenbach, Zylstra, Zhao and Vetriani both in the Fall and in the Spring semesters, that fulfills the biology, microbiology and biotechnology major requirements, and also pre-med and pre-vet requirements. The course includes a laboratory section.